My organization had a security audit and was told that we need to DISABLE the “allow remote connection to this server” option for all of our SQL Servers. What impact would this have on connection to the SQL Server via Management Studio (SSMS) from a client machine/desktop or from a web app that might use a connection string or any other external app? All of the documentation I see regarding connectivity issues to a SQL Server seem to include “ENABLING” this option as a solution. Is there a workaround that will allow us to disable it but still allow the access we need from the target clients?
We have multiple versions that we would be doing this on 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.