Visual Web Developer 2008 doesn't connect to SQL Server 2008 Express

 Hey everyone. I'm once again having trouble with my install of Visual Web Developer 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services on my Vista Home Premium notebook.


 VWD 2008 can't seem to connect to my databases in SQL Server 2008.

I use the Connect to Database feature in the Tools menu and select Microsoft SQL Server. When I get to the Add Connection window I hit refresh next to the Server name drop-down but nothing shows up. I'm completely baffled by this.

 What do you think is the cause of this? What are the steps i need to take to resolve this issue?


Another issue reveals itself whenever I view a project in a browser.

The browser just times out and is not able to connect to the localhost. The problem is not browser specific though, it happens on both firefox and ie. 


Your opinions and solutions are much appreciated.


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you have to install VS 2008 SP1 to connect to SQL Server 2008

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2/4/2009 9:34:59 AM

 Thank you for your reply. I installed VS 2008 SP1 and can now see the server. The solution spawned another issue though, now I'm getting an error whenever I test the connection. The error reads as follows:

"A network-related or instance-specific error occured while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 - could not open a connection to SQL Server)"


Any thoughts on this one? I am once again supremely stumped. 

2/4/2009 1:03:42 PM

im having the same problem, no idea tho'...

PHP4: Pro
ASP: noob
2/4/2009 6:04:14 PM

I have the same problem... which is really disappointing...

Currently, I can only uninstall SQL2008 and get back to SQL2005... and still doesn't know if it works or not....

: (

2/19/2009 10:57:21 PM

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