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SQL Management Studio can't browse all my files when trying to attach a DB...

Posted on 2008-10-01
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Background:
I have created a database within Visual Studio.  The project is stored within MyDocuments\VisualStudio2008\Projects

Problem:
When I open up SQL Management Studio (connect via Windows Auth)...  I right click on databases and then select "attach"...  I then click add and try to navigate to my project folder.  At this point it will not let me browse beyond c\docs&settings\myUser

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How do I make it so that I can browse to thos edatabase files so I can attach them...

One thing I can think to do BUT I am not sure if ts safe to so is to give the SQLServerMSSQLUser$"myUserName"$SQLExpress full control or at least read control to my entire user account folder?  Is there any problems with doing that?

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by:QPR
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When you say you can't browse beyond do you mean the folders aren't visible or you get access denied when you try to open them?
Does the windows account you use to log on to sql with have the necessary permissions to access that folder because that is the account being used when you are traversing the file system.
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by:Julianva
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Add the account that starts sql server to the administrators group on the server that have the files.

not this account - SQLServerMSSQLUser$

the account that starts the SQL service.
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by:QPR
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Just to be able to open/see a folder? isn't that overkill?
If the original poster is doing this manually and logging on via windows authentication then surely it is their credentials that are being used to navigate to the bak/mdf file?
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hmm...  actually before you guys responded I added full control to my documents to SQLServerMSSQLUser$

seemed to solve the problem...

Julianva - how do I figure out which user starts the SQL service?

QPR - When I would click on the little "+" sign next to the folder it would imply disapear as if nothing was in the folder.  By adding the user above the the respective folder it works now and I can browse the content of the folder.
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by:Julianva
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no user starts the sql service, you either have a domain account to start SQL service or you have the local account that starts the service.

go to control panel

choose administrator tools - then services - look for SQL server
then double click - choose the logon tab you will see what account starts SQL service
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