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MS SQL Server help please

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by reflux, 15 Oct 2009.

  1. reflux


    Joined: 15 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,840

    Location: Enfield

    We've got an MS SQL Server .bak file that contains a data dump from a client's website. We need to open it up and get the data out....but this is where the difficulty lies.

    I've installed SQL Server 2008 (trial) and set up a server, and installed SQL Server Management Studio Express 2005 (following these instructions), but Management Studio cannot see the server at all.

    I then tried to install SQL Server Management Studio Express 2008 but all it does is dump me at the SQL Server Installation Centre.

    I'm really confused about this...I barely even know what SQL is so any help would be much appreciated. All we want is the data from the backup file, nothing else.

    Any ideas?
  2. redeye_uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 May 2007

    Posts: 1,901

    Location: London

    So the server and client are running on different machines? Do you receive an error message when trying to connect to the database engine?

    On the server i would suggest you check the following.....

    Open the Surface Area Configuration

    Click Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections

    Under Database Engine >> Remote Connections check the local and remote connections radio button is selected
  3. Pho


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,157

    Location: Derbyshire

    Does Management Studio 2008 give you an error at all?

    Try connecting to the server using this naming convention:

    I.e. for a server called 'SQLSRV' (this is the server's windows name) with an instance of SQL called 'SQLE2008' you would use:
    Or if it's on your local machine:
  4. reflux


    Joined: 15 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,840

    Location: Enfield

    Away from the machine until Monday but I'm attempting to run the client and server on the same machine - my W7 laptop.

    Thanks for your advice so far. I'll send the other guys both your thoughts and see if it does anything. Cheers :)