Object Explorer does not display database

Posted on 2010-09-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have a database with GoDaddy. They inform me that they recently disabled the “view server state” permissions on MSSQL. So I can't view the database in Object Explorer in Sql Server Management Studio.

Is there any way to let it list the one database in Object Explorer? I don't have permissions to view all databases on the shared server. And I don't have database owner privileges.
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If you have sql server username/password, then you can log in using sql server authentication mode with SQL Server Web Data Admin tool. See this link below:

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That didn't work. I'm on windows xp and can't install IIS .
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DBAduck - Ben Miller earned 500 total points
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View server state permissions is used to restrict dynamic management views and activity monitor so that you cannot see the state of the server.  It does not govern your ability to view the objects in Object Explorer.  Now VIEW ANY DATABASE permissions, VIEW DEFINITION permissions have impact on whether or not you can see things in Object Explorer and if they restricted you from those permissions, then you will not see things even if you would like to.

They should grant you VIEW DEFINITION on your database so that you can see it in Explorer and use it.  You should be able to ask for that permission.  Without it you are not going to be able to see anything in object explorer whether you want to or not, because it uses SMO to gather the information and if you do not have view definition on it SMO will filter it out.
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so VIEW DEFINITION will work, even if I don't have VIEW ANY DATABASE permissions?
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Thank you. This appeared to be the correct solution and makes perfect sense.

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