Windows Azure SQLExpress Not Found

Recently i started digging into Windows Azure. When i started my first project i ran into an issue. I did not had SQL Express 2005 on my machine instead i had SQL server 2005 full edition.

I got a below error while running Windows Azure.

“The SQL Server instance ‘.\SQLExpress’ could not be found. Please verify that SQL Express is installed and running”

Azure seems to be configured to SQL Express in CTP. This needs to be changed to SQL server 2005 connection string.

I did a change in DevelopmentStorage.exe.config at C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.0\bin

After changing the connection string and dbServer it started working fine.