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I accidentally uninstalled WIn-Pak SE's SQL Instance.  I have a backup of the SQL database but this software is so unsupported and undocumented that I can't even recall what version of SQL was used?  MSDE? Personal?  SQL 2005 Express?  

I installed SQL Server 2005 Express, attached the Database files and I can manually start the services using the debug's but can't start them in services.msc or from the Win-Pak utility.  That said it can get up and running and appears totally normal if i manually run the debug versions of all the services one by one, except for the control file service.  It keeps saying "Configuration Not Found: Error Code 1!" .. When i look in the GUI i can see the Control File is empty.  I'm not sure if the control file info is stored in the database or not, found a dbo.controlfile table, its null though.

I recall there being a bunch of things in there before.

I also have a problem where it says "Service is scheduled for deletion" if i try to start any of the services from services.msc or the win-pak service manager.

Seems odd I can start them via the debugging option and almost everything works.

Any help or assistance in what direction i should be going would be helpful. My next step is to install SQL Server 2000 as it seems its looking maybe for the native sql server 2000 instance instead of the named 2005 instance?

I've reconfigured the DSN's I should mention which to me seems like that would have resolved it.  But still can only start it via debug.

Thanks in advance!
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by:Raja Jegan R
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As per WIN-PAK SE description in their product site below any one of SQL Server 2005 edition needs to be present in that machine. And If you haven't spent any additional cost, then it is the free version of SQL Server 2005 ie., SQL Server 2005 Express edition.

www.honeywellaccess.com/products/software/83347.html

You can download SQL Server 2005 Express edition from the link below,
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4C6BA9FD-319A-4887-BC75-3B02B5E48A40&displaylang=en
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B448B0D0-EE79-48F6-B50A-7C4F028C2E3D&displaylang=en

First link is SQL Server 2005 Express edition and the second link is SP3 for the former and you will be able to successfully restore the backup which you have to this machine.

Not aware about the product documentation and maintenance and hence not able to help much wrt WIN-PAK.
But still can help you more on SQL Server aspect.

Since you would have original license and product support why can't you contact product vendor on this aspect
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by:ZooyorQ
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Honeywell has non-existent support for their product unfortunately.

What I did find out is that Win-Pak SE the version I have installs MSDE 2000 as a default instance.  So I uninstalled all SQL versions and then reinstalled MSDE 2000 as default everything.  It resolved all the services issues but now when I go to attach the databases I have issues becuase they've been upgraded to 2005.

I've found some tutorials on downgrading your database back to 2000 from 2005 but none are working for me.  One has a second step of exporting the data after you've exported the structure.  It says right click on the database and choose Tasks-Export.  I don't have Export as an option.  I'm using Studio Express 2005, is that why?

I have a backup of the databases but they were made using the vmware eval license in our backup exec 12.5 and now it won't let me restore them.  So my last ditch effort if i can't downgrade these back to 2000 is to purchase the vmware licenses for backup exec (couple thousand bucks!!) and restore the databases.

Do you have any links to tutorials on downgrading your database back to 2000 MSDE from 2005 Express?
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by:ZooyorQ
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Ok, using the Publishing Wizard I was able to export the data from 2005 back to 2000 but the Command and CmdFile tables are still Null which is really strange to me.

These are important tables, so someone who's really experienced with Win-Pak is probably going to need to help me now. :\
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Raja Jegan R earned 500 total points
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Found out some articles on downgrading SQL Server 2005 to MSDE

http://www.opssys.com/instantkb/article.aspx?id=10392
http://scottelkin.com/uncategorized/how-to-downgrade-a-database-from-sql-server-2005-to-sql-server-2000/

In Express Edition of SQL Server 2005, you wont be able to see Import / Export Data wizard as mentioned in the articles and hence you have to use DTSWizard as mentioned below for Data Migration.

http://www.dotnetgoodies.com/article/Microsoft_SQL_Server/65/How_to_ImportExport_Data_in_SQL_Server_2005_Express_Edition.aspx
http://mobiledeveloper.wordpress.com/2007/01/31/data-import-export-with-sql-server-express-using-dts-wizard/

And by the way if you installed Express edition with Advanced Services as I mentioned earlier then you can find this DTSWizard in the path below:

c:\%programfiles%\Microsoft SQL Server\90\DTS\Binn\dtswizard.exe
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