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Check if Sql Server exist

Posted on 2004-09-01
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Last Modified: 2013-11-14
Hi ,
i'm an access programmer
how i could check MSDE is installed and sql sever exist

every suggestion will be appriciated
Question by:ppk54ir
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IceColdas earned 500 total points
ID: 11951185
oh, simply put the connection code in a try catch
so u dont need to search for further ways to see if the database exists
try {
        //connect to data base
catch (Exception exc)

Assisted Solution

Spansule earned 500 total points
ID: 11952839
It kind of depends on what you're up to, and what language you're using. Here's a snippet of C# code that will retrieve a list of all the SQL Servers available for connection:

// This part retrieves a list of all of the available SQL Servers that can be connected to
SQLDMO.Application sql = new SQLDMO.ApplicationClass();
      SQLDMO.NameList servers = sql.ListAvailableSQLServers();
      IEnumerator ServerEnumerator = servers.GetEnumerator();
      while (ServerEnumerator.MoveNext())
            // Do stuff with ServerEnumerator.Current;
      sql = null;

Otherwise you can use the registry to find out what versions of SQL Server are installed. Try the following key:


This post lists some other keys to check for different versions of SQL Server:

You can also identify which MSI was used for installation:


Expert Comment

ID: 12162126
I just noticed that he said he was an Access programmer. My comment probably didn't make too much sense in that context then.

I don't have any issues with the topic being closed.

Expert Comment

ID: 12177667
Actually this is exactly what he said :
Hi ,i'm an access programmer
how i could check MSDE is installed and ### sql ### sever exist
Probably got his answer and accepted none

Expert Comment

ID: 12179524
LOL maybe I read it right the first time.

In that case I think my answer was pretty good. :)

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