SQL Server 2012 - New Local Server Group

Posted on 2014-03-18
Last Modified: 2014-03-19
Can't create a (Server Group ? Instance?) for SQL Server 2012

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I'm using SQL Server Express 2008 and a customer has a database from SQL Server 2012 that I have to look at.  I installed SQL Server 2012 Express on my local computer and can't seem to add a database.

I created a (Server Group ? Instance? - I'm not sure what you call it)  of BCData\Exp_2012
which has a white dot.
BCData\Exp_2008 my older server on the local machine has a green arrow and allows me to restore a 2008 database.

How do I create a 2012 instance where I can restore a 2012 database.

Note:  I can't restore the 2012 database to BCData\Exp_2008

Note2: When I right click on BCData\Exp_2012 - go to properties an click the test button I get the below error.

Thanks in advance for any help.
LJG SQL Server 2012 Problem
Question by:LJG
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Expert Comment

by:Bill Ross
ID: 39939486

This indicates that the SQL Server service is not running.  Start the service using service manager and see if OK.



Author Comment

ID: 39939511
Thanks Bill

Under Services the only thing I have under SQL are to do with 2008
     SQL Active Directory Helper Service
     SQL Server (Exp_2008)
     SQL Server Agent (Exp_2008)    
     SQL Server Browser
     SQL Server VSS Writer

Thought after researching this morning
Did I install the wrong file?  I installed

Should I have installed
    SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.exe instead of SqlLocalDB.MSI
if so what's the best way to recover?

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Accepted Solution

Bill Ross earned 500 total points
ID: 39939529

Since you have not used any SQL 2012 yet you should go to control panel and remove any SQL2012 specific entries.

Run the file  SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.exe ans set up a different instance name like SQLExpress2012.

That will be the easiest way.  Then you have  a clean install and should recover everything.


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Expert Comment

by:Bill Ross
ID: 39939533
Note:  ONLY remove SQL 2012 specific entries.  If in doubt - leave it as it may be used by 2008.

Author Comment

ID: 39939830
Thanks so much for the answer that got me up and running.

I did ask another question about the files.

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