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SQL server won't work on my laptop

I have SQL Server 2000 installed on my "local" server, using the default settings, and want to use it with Visual Studio 2003. Query Analyzer doesn't pick up the databases I've created. Any suggestions? Thanks Michael

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Two ways to access your server. First, make sure the SQL Server Service is running. Start | Run | Services.msc | Enter. Look for Microsoft SQL Server Service and that it's running. Or Look for the SQL Service Broker icon by the clock and see that it's running. The default instance of SQL Server uses the Hostname. Start | Run | Cmd | Enter. The type hostname. This will be the name to access to server. Then type IPCONFIG, this is then the IP address that you could also use to access it.

SQL Server runs on port 1433, so any firewall has to have it open.

Open Query Analyzer, type in the hostname or ip of the local box, type in "sa" and the password for sa (if setup in mixed mode) or Windows Authentication.

Once you login in, you should now see the databases in the Tree on the left side under the Server | Databases node.

Your description though states "SQL Server won't work on my laptop". TO answer this, the only two SQL Editions that work on anything other than "SERVER" software is SQL Professional and SQL Developer. All others have to be on a "SERVER" platform.

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

  • Greg Wright
    Greg Wright Nov 25, 2007

    I read back through this and I misstated that the two SQL editions should read SQL Personal and SQL Developer. Did my comments help resolve your problem?

    I also read back through your question and would like to add that if in Visual Studio, you can't see the databases (not knowing which commands your using to accomplish this and what the errors might be, maybe you could mention them), but the connection string should refer to the same settings I illustrated before for Query Analyzer. If you visit this link (extremely valuable link) to help you set yours properly so your VS Connection objects will be correctly attached to your server and see the datbases OK.

  • Greg Wright
    Greg Wright Nov 27, 2007

    How did it go? If this satisfied your questions, please rate it FixYa!



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When you install the SQL Server 2000, you can log in the server with Windows Authentication and SQL Server Authentication if you select mixed mode authentication. If you select Windows Authentication, you cannot assign a sa password during installation. However, you should set the sa password after installation.

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