I am following an EF Core tutorial and apparently, I didn't have a database running (I'm in development environment, therefore localhost) and I didn't know how to configure SQL Server to do it. So I've done the following:
- Downloaded and installed SQL Server Express (2019)
- Downloaded and installed MSSM 18
- I have mmc.exe and can open it
I'm following the SQL Server documentation, "Quickstart: Connect and query a SQL Server instance using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)".
When I try to connect to localhost with MSSM, it says "Cannot connect to localhost." The error message states:
For help, click: ***
The resulting page says:
SQL Server did not respond to the client request because the server is probably not started.
Make sure that the server is started.
But I didn't know how to start the server. There is a link to a page:
Manage the Database Engine Services
SQL Server Configuration Manager is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.
It then says:
To access SQL Server Configuration Manager
On the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server, point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Configuration Manager.
But I don't have SQL Server Configuration Manager. So I googled:
If you are running Windows 8 and above, you might have found out that you can’t find SQL Server Configuration Manager in the list of installed applications. This is because SQL Server Configuration Manager is not a stand-alone program, and therefore doesn’t appear as an application in newer versions of Windows. The SQL Server Configuration Manager is a Microsoft Management Console snap-in.
You can find the SQL Server Configuration Manager snap-in in the C:\Windows\SysWow64 directory, as shown below.
However, I don't have any of these files. I cannot find a single instance of SQLServer*.msc on my computer. Therefore, no surprise that I'm not able to find SQL Server Configuration Manager to add as a snap-in when running mmc.exe.
I've also reinstalled SQL Server Express 2019, but without success. My destination folder is D:/SQL2019, I also can't find anything there. I also can't find anything relevant in the installation center. For example, the System Configuration Checker doesn't find any issues.
What else can I do? I'm working on Windows 10.