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.

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One thought on “Windows Azure SQLExpress Not Found

  1. Very good. Settings that in a .config file in a CloudService project should be a top priority for Microsoft. Until then, changing it manually through the %PROGRAMFILES% folder works for me!

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