Shrink the Sharepoint_config logfile

I have a sharepoint log file which has used up nearly all of the space on my c: drive of a SPS2008 server.
If I try to shrink it using :-

DBCC SHRINKFILE (C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\DataSharePoint_Config_29c26fca-17b8-48c1-9704-b869932abcb6_log.LDF, 5)

I get :-
Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Incorrect syntax near 'C:'.

and if I add delimiters

DBCC SHRINKFILE ("C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\DataSharePoint_Config_29c26fca-17b8-48c1-9704-b869932abcb6_log.LDF", 5)

I get :-

Msg 8985, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Could not locate file 'C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\DataSharePoint_Config_29c26fca-17b8-48c1-9704-b869932abcb6_log.LDF' for database 'master' in sys.database_files. The file either does not exist, or was dropped.

I am running this as a new query in SSMS

If I try to connect directly to the database using SSMS I can see MICROSOFT##SSEE ok, but I can't connect to it!!
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Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
you can not shrink the database file this way.

"DBCC SHRINKFILE ("C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\DataSharePoint_Config_29c26fca-17b8-48c1-9704-b869932abcb6_log.LDF", 5)"

dbcc shrinkfile () command only accept logical file name or file ID not physical file name.

DBCC shrinkfile(<logical file name> , size)
DBCC shrinkfile (2, 5)

you have to connect sql server through SSMS tool and then check the logical file name or id
Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
use <database name>


DBCC shrinkfile(<logical file name> , size)
DBCC shrinkfile (2, 5)
grwallaceAuthor Commented:
I can't seem to connect to the SQl Serve instance to do this - and I can't see an instance for it in services either!
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Can you try to login to <servername>\##SSEE  using management studio? From there you can use the gui to shrink the log file if you're not comfortable with queries.
grwallaceAuthor Commented:
I tried that - and I get the message :- A network or instance-specific error occurred - blah blah
grwallaceAuthor Commented:
And I tried :-

se DataSharePoint_Config

and got:-

Msg 911, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Database 'DataSharePoint_Config' does not exist. Make sure that the name is entered correctly.
Did you also try to connect like this:?


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grwallaceAuthor Commented:
Now cooking with gas!
The main issue was the inability to connect to the database, and EvilKnievel's last post fixed this :-)
thanks guys!
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