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Unable to connect to SQL Server database.

Posted on 2011-09-16
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I'm new to VWD 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. I've had to reinstall SSMS. I renamed the server "SQLEXPRESS2008R2". I also used mixed authentication.

However, now, when I go to configure a website project, I get the message "Unable to connect to SQL Server database" from VWD. I've already went into the Options menu and changed the named instance of the server to "SQLEXPRESS2008R2". I think that was part of the problem.

I've tested SSMS and it seems to be working fine so I think it's just a connection issue between VWD and SQL Server 2008 R2.

However, I didn't see anyplace in the options menu to store my SQL Server username and password. I think that's what is tripping me up. Do I put the user name and password into my web.config file each time I want to configure a website project? Can someone provide the syntax for the web.config file to pass the parameters?
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I tried this in the web.config file:
<connectionString>
        <clear />

        <add name="connectionString" connectionString ="Data Source=DADDY-PC\SQLSERVER2008R2;Database=ASPNETDB;Uid=sa;Password=xxxxx;" />
       
</connectionString>

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The following message may help in diagnosing the problem: Unrecognized configuration section connectionString. (C:\...website\web.config line 11)

Can someone help me with the syntax or point out what I'm doing wrong?
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Connection strings should be the first tag in web.config after wards appsettings.........etc
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Hi.

Thanks for the suggestions jaqssidurala.

I've amended the web.config file in the root directory as follows:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<!--
  For more information on how to configure your ASP.NET application, please visit
  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=169433
  -->

<!-- Does not include email configurations which is included in the live web.config file uploaded to the website. -->

<configuration>
    <connectionString>
        <clear />

        <add name="connectionString" connectionString ="DADDY-PC\SQLEXPRESS2008R2;database=ASPNETDB;uid=sa;password=xxxxx;providerName=System.Data.SqlClient" />

    </connectionString>

</configuration>

I've tried multiple combinations on the host and still get the same error. As per above, the connection string is the only element inside the configuration element.
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by:jagssidurala
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Check following suggestions

1)The accces should be there between web server and DB server

2) Try by removing clear tag in web.config

3) verify DB uid and password

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by:WhyDidntItWork
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Hi.
1) Not sure what you mean by "access".

2) Clear tag was removed. No difference in result.

3) DB uid and password works in SSMS.

ASP.Net didn't like it:
The following message may help in diagnosing the problem: Unrecognized configuration section connectionString. (C:\...website\web.config line 11)

The web.config file reads as follows:
<?xml version="1.0"?>

<!--
  For more information on how to configure your ASP.NET application, please visit
  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=169433
  -->

<!-- Does not include email configurations which is included in the live web.config file uploaded to the website. -->

<configuration>
    <connectionString>
       
        <add name="connectionString" connectionString ="DADDY-PC\SQLEXPRESS2008R2;database=ASPNETDB;uid=sa;password=xxxxx;providerName=System.Data.SqlClient" />

    </connectionString>

</configuration>
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Not really helpful when ppl just send you links to a problem.
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