Problem installing Portal Starter Kit

I downloaded the portal starter kit and tried to install it.

The problem is, it says it cannot find my SQL Server. I checked it and doubled checked if it was running but still the problem persisted. Any help around here?
11/17/2004 6:35:27 AM 2189 articles. 0 followers. Follow

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check the connection string in the web.config file is correct
11/17/2004 4:44:40 PM
I have the same problem.  The installation stops when it could not connect with the SQL server.  Help???
11/19/2004 1:19:33 AM
I had this same issue. I found parts of answers in a few other posts. I fixed it by:

1) creating an instance besides the default instance, name it portal or whatever you wish
2) make sure the instance is started, go to admin tools,services and start SQLAGENTinstance - check the other SQL/MSDE services are running
3) install site and choose new instance in drop down on the connection test window
Good Luck
11/25/2004 5:49:07 AM
This has been very usefull for me, I had the same problem because i missed the the setup.ini configuration when installing MSDE.
To install an instance of MSDE:
After SQL2KDESKSP3 downloads run it. This will unpack the files you will need to install MSDE.
Go to the folder you selected to unpack the files into. Switch to the MSDE folder.
Update the SETUP.INI file as follows:
INSTANCENAME=<YourInstanceName> (replace with whatever instance name)
SAPWD=<a password>
TARGETDIR=<folder name with trailing slash>
Run SETUP.EXE in the MSDE folder
Then try to install the Portal, you will be able to select the "Portal" Instance
12/6/2004 4:15:42 PM
A restart of the computer can solve it. I spent a couple of hours trying to solve this problem, but after a restart the SQL instance was found (XP Pro, IIS, VS). I just get amazed over my own problem solving strategies sometimes...
1/5/2005 10:22:01 AM
A restart of computer had solved the problem for me too!
2/1/2005 11:18:49 PM

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