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Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:26 AM
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Hi
I have SQL Server 2008 Express Edition installed on my laptop running Vista Home edition. I cannot seem to connect to an instance in the SSMS 'Connect to Server' dialog - the options in the Server name drop-down only give (local) with no mention of a SQL Server instance! I tried connecting to local but It won't let me in under Windows authentication and doesn't let me change my login either. I cannot get in under SQL authentication either because I don't know the login details! It all works fine under Visual Studio 2008 Express for my web sites so I don't want to reinstall it - are there any ways around this as I need to restore a DB and work on it in SSMS??
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Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:27 AM


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Is your login a local administrator?

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You can use the DAC if you are a local administrator to connect and reset things

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Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 3:26 AM
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Thanks - that is an interesting link. I have resolved my problem with simply typing in MY-PC-NAME\SQLEXPRESS in the connection dialog instead of expecting it to be in the drop-down - doh!
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Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 7:00 AM


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That'll make a difference!

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