SQL Server does not exist or access denied.

Hi there

I have just installed MSDE 2000 on XPsp1, with the following options

The service was started.

The problem is that I cannot connect to the database at all with the sa account... or any other account cuz I haven't set any up.

I have tried the Web interface to connect, and it just sits there and hangs.

I have also tried setting up an ODBC connection, but then thats when I get the above error again.

When trying to launch the samples, they just seem to hang as well.

What am I missing?

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arbertConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Legally you can't use enterprise without a SQL Server license.  However, you can download a 120 free trial of SQL Server from microsoft's site (http://www.microsoft.com/sql).  You can also use OSQL (since you finally got connected)  using

RESTORE database yourdatabasenamehere from disk='c:\folder\yourbackup.bak'  --chang drive and folder to your path

Here are a couple of additional MSDE tools you can use:


What do you get if you you try and telnet to the server:

telnet yourservername 1433

Do you just get a blank screen (able to type a few characters and then take back to the dos prompt), or does it immediately time out?
nigel5Author Commented:
I get a blank screen then back to the command prompt.

After the third reboot now, and subsequent re-install, I managed to find a copy of the northwind install sql and run that in with osql.

Prior to running osql I got the same error as above (while attempting to connect to any database), but now I can connect and query the Northwind database, however I am still unable to administer it via the web access, and don't know of any other tools to do so.

I am also not sure what'll happen after a reboot.

Is there a way without some administration tool to perform a restore from a .BAK file, or is there a a link do wownload enterprise manager for free??

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nigel5Author Commented:
trying osql....
osql /Usa /PMySaPa55word /Slocalhost /isharepoint.sql

with this sql
    database "uk-argo-asp-01_LM_W3SVC_1_Collab"
    disk = 'c:\dev\mssql\backup\Sharepoint.BAK'
    , replace
    , MOVE 'uk-argo-asp-01_LM_W3SVC_1_Collab' TO 'c:\dev\mssql\MSSQL\Data\Sharepoint.mdf'
    , MOVE 'uk-argo-asp-01_LM_W3SVC_1_Collab_Log' TO 'c:\dev\mssql\MSSQL\Data\Sharepoint.ldf'

I get this output.
1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10> Msg 170, Level 15, State 1, Server PENSIONS-067, Line 2
Line 2: Incorrect syntax near 'uk-argo-asp-01_LM_W3SVC_1_Collab'.

so I try single quotes... same thing.

I try no quotes
Line 2: Incorrect syntax near '-'.

I try braces and parentheses in the quotes
Line 2: Incorrect syntax near '('.

I try no quotes but just parentheses or braces
1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10> Syntax error or access violation

how can I use the provided tools?
nigel5Author Commented:
Oh, Brett, nothing wrong with your answer, and you'll probably get the points, but I am just trying to push a little :)
nigel5Author Commented:
Looks like I solved that one as well... its square braces...

bladdy microsoft
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