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I recently upgraded my SQL Server 2000 to SP4. Unfortunately, upon completing the installation my SQL Server has been rendered useless. Whenever I would open Enterprise Manager, it would splash the error "MMC could not create the snap-in". I tried to manually add the snap-in as others had suggested in other questions, however it would give me an error when I would attempt to do so. So I uninstalled SQL Server and reinstalled. However, it did no good, except change the error symptoms. Now when I go into Enterprise Manager, I get the error "Microsoft SQL-DMO - Error 65535: General Error" and then if I try to add a new sql server registration, it gives me the error "Server registration information cannot be changed on remote Registries". Now, I cannot even uninstall, for if I try, it complains that "The log file 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Uninst.isu' is not valid or the data has been corrupted. Uninstallation will not continue."

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Try installing again as a named instance.
You may have to clean the registry and delete the files. There are third party products which clean the rgistry. Keep a backup of the registry first.
Actually for the problem you faced first, si something common. But to resolve that issue, Dont even jump in for a reinstallation. Re-installation should always the last thing you should do.


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Thanks for the reply, Preethi.

Unfortunately, even installing again as a named instance does no good. This is rather frustrating, considering that I am trying to use this machine for development.

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Are you by any chance addressing the machine as localhost?

If so, try (local) or . instead....

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Hi Imar,

I'm not sure what you mean. I'm simply trying to connect to SQL Server through Enterprise Manager.

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If you try to make a connection, you need to provide a name for the server to connect to. There you need to provide (local) instead of localhost.

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Hi Imar,

I think you misunderstand. I understand how to connect to SQL Server. The issue is that Enterprise Manager is not functioning. I don't even get to a place where I would be able to enter connection information to register my server.

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I am afraid the only option (Other than format & re-install all) is the remove all the files in the SQL folder and remove the registry entries too.
(This is where you need to use a third party registry cleaner)

Just before that please have a look into this. Some people faced the MMC issue and resolved in different way. I remember you too faced the same problem initially.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/914157




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Sorry, yes, I misunderstood. I thought you had trouble connecting to instances of SQL Server.

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Thanks for the comments, guys.

Ultimately, it looks like I will be formatting during some off time. Oh well.

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