ASP.net and SQL

Hi. I am new to ASP.net and managed to connect to an Access database backend. I now want to build a Web application with a SQL backend but keep on getting the error below. I am using Visual Studio 2010. Am I supposed to download a version of SQL. I just assumed that SQL came as part of VS 2010. What about MySQL. Really need basic advice on setting up a SQL backend


A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible.
Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 – A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.)

Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAsked:
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
Does your SQL Server allow remote connections?
Lee SavidgeCommented:
Does your SQL Server allow remote connections?
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I have no idea? I downloaded SQL server management studio but don't even know how to use that
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deightonprogCommented:
yeah, mine has put SQL express on my PC

if you do menu option View then 'Server Explorer'

what is there?  Do you have a list of 'Data Connections'

if so right click on it, then try and add a database to your PC

hope it helps, used to having servers all over the place with SQL on them though.

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deightonprogCommented:
Are you saying you have SQL server elsewhere?  or on your PC?   if so, then, no you shouldn't need to download SQL
Lee SavidgeCommented:
Management Studio provides access to a SQL Server database. It does not necessarily create one.
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response. I was previously able to add a database by right clicking in the server explorer but can't now. Should I perhamps reinstall the visual studio 2010 software.Really just need a few pointers omn how to easily and simply connect to a SQL database in VS ASP.net 2010
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
thanks
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