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Getting Started with the Database Engine

New: 5 December 2005

Welcome to the Getting Started with the Database Engine tutorial. This tutorial is intended for users who are new to SQL Server 2005 and who have installed Developer, Express, or Evaluation Edition on a computer running Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1 (SP1).This brief tutorial helps you get started using the Database Engine.

This tutorial shows you how to connect to the Database Engine using SQL Server Management Studio or Management Studio Express, on both the local computer and from another computer.

This tutorial is divided into two lessons:

Lesson 1: Connecting to the Database Engine

In this lesson, you will learn how to connect to the Database Engine and enable additional people to connect.

Lesson 2: Connecting from Another Computer

In this lesson, you will learn how to connect to the Database Engine from a second computer, including enabling protocols, configuring ports, and configuring firewall settings.

This lesson has no knowledge prerequisites.

Your system must have the following installed to use this tutorial:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.
  • Either SQL Server Management Studio or Management Studio Express.
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