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Old April 23rd, 2005, 03:43 PM
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Can I use sql server database 2000 with windows XP pro? I seem to have had some issues in the past in terms of being able to use or even install all of the databases functionality.

Secondly, since I am just starting out with both the language and databases in the text on page 21, I am confused about understanding the terminology next to number 3; "If the machine does not contain the SQL Server instance running your database, you need to add the appropriate server".

Under server explorer I have Servers at the top then my machine name with other nodes underneath. What should be listed under the sql servers node and what exactly is the sql servers? Is this the area which is my computer name or server?

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Hi,

You can use SQL Server 2000 with Windows XP Pro. As you are a beginner, you wouldn't need all of the functionality offered by SQL Server but if you want all the available features, then you should install SQL Server 2000 Developers Edition.

SQL Server instance refers to SQL Server in general. If SQL Server is not running on your machine, then you could connect to a server where SQL Server is running.

Under the SQL Servers node, your machine name should be listed if you have SQL Server installed. Expanding that node will reveal each database in SQL Server. You can then expand each database to view the tables, views, stored procedures, etc.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks this helps, however,
Is the machine name case sensitive in both areas under server explorer? My machine name is in lower case letters beneath Servers and under the servers node my machine name is in uppercase. I am unsure if it will be recognized or if case is not an issue?
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Machine names are not case sensitive under the Server Explorer nor are they case sensitive when building a connection string in your code.

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