Setup SQL Server 2005

I am trying to learn SQL/Database/Tables etc, and Installed SQL Server 2005 on Windows XP VM.  I am new to the software.  I am not sure how to get into the server to create Database/Tables.  
I try to use the SQL Server Management Studio, but it is asking for the Server Name. I tried using the XP VM Computer Name, but it does not connect to it.

Can someone help me set this up?

Thank you
aacrzAsked:
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
You need to install the SQL Server 2005 Express that I linked earlier, what you have installed is just the UI not the database engine
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AnuroopsunddCommented:
use .
.  or localhost
this way it will connect to same machine.
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aacrzAuthor Commented:
Neither the "." or the "localhost" (without quotes) worked. Same error.  The server was not found or was not accessible.
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AshokCommented:
Which options (besides userid and password) do you see when connecting (login) screen?

Do not use Windows mode.

HTH
Ashok
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Select Browse for more from the Server name dropdown, then expand Database Engine and it should show your server there.
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aacrzAuthor Commented:
Here is the error message

http://i.imgur.com/3wFgP.jpg?1
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aacrzAuthor Commented:
Local Servers is Empty, Network Servers is also empty.  When Installing the server, I never set anything up.
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AnuroopsunddCommented:
try to use browse option and try to connect.
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AshokCommented:
Make sure you type in all required fields first....

Could you post the "Connect to Server" screen (before pressing the Connnect button)?
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
SOunds like you have just installed SQL Server 2005 Management Studio and not actually SQL Server 2005
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Here's where you can download the actual database engine from :  

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21844
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aacrzAuthor Commented:
ashok, here is the screen
http://i.imgur.com/OcIjJ.png?1
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AshokCommented:
Do you see Server Name(s) in Server Name Dropdown?

Ashok
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AshokCommented:
What happens when you press down arrow key (on the right side of the dropdown) for Server Name?
Do you see 1 or more Server Names in the Dropdown list?

In Authentication, do not use Windows Authentication.
Change it.

Then type in userid and passowrd.

HTH
Ashok
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aacrzAuthor Commented:
This is what I have Installed,
http://i.imgur.com/tGERx.png?1

 and for Ashok,
When I click on the dropdown, there are No Server Names.  even when changing auth mode.
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AshokCommented:
If you do not see any Server, you will not be able to connect.

Is this Local or Network Server?

Ashok
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aacrzAuthor Commented:
Ashok,  I understand that I will not be able to connect to the server if the name is not there, and that is what I need help with.  I am confused as to what configuration steps need to be taken, or what am I missing.  I installed the SQL Server 2005, but it seems that I may have not done this as stated by Jacko.

All I want to do is have a test environment for MS SQL, where I can import tables/create database, create relations etc...
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AshokCommented:
Could you uninstall
and
install it again?

Make sure when installing, give Server Name, give password for sa user, etc.

Then, if you start SQL Server Management Server, you should see at least two Servers.

HTH
Ashok
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AshokCommented:
As jacko72 has said.....

Your installation may be incomplete.
Do you have the Full version of SQL Server 2005 (on CDs)?
If so, I would recommend you install the full version (uninstall & install it again).

Make sure you install everything (standard installation).

If you are using SQL Server Express, do as jacko72 said.

HTH
Ashok
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