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SSMS loaded on work computer but no named instances available locally

SSMS loaded on work computer but no named instances available locally

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I am an end-user(no admin privileges). Our IT department loaded SSMS 2012 on my work computer. I can connect the our network server with read-only status. I was now given multiple large text files to link together and query an output. I could do this in MS Access, but I would prefer to use SSMS, but since I cannot build tables on our network computer, I was trying to use my computer and SSMS.

When I checked SSMS Configuration Tool on my computer the screen states "There are no items to show in this view" under SQL Server Services. I can see all the program and files loaded on my computer but there seems to be nothing which to connect. I have the Developers Edition loaded on my home computer and I can see my server name and instance using the same process.

I am trying to understand this better and what would our IT department have to do to solve this. Can they just create a new named instance on my computer?

Thank you in advance and I apologize if this is the wrong forum or I am using incorrect nomenclature.



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RE: SSMS loaded on work computer but no named instances available locally

Did you install just SSMS or SQL Server on your local machine? If you need to connect to the network version of SQL Server you will need to have permissions to do that.

djj
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RE: SSMS loaded on work computer but no named instances available locally

As DJJ mentioned, there is a difference between the management studio (that you apparently have installed on your work computer) and the database engine itself. It sounds like you don't have the database engine installed.

You could ask your IT department to install the SQL Server database engine on your computer. Depending on the edition they have (standard, enterprise, etc....) you will likely run in to licensing costs.

If you just need to knock around some data you could install SQL Server Express on your local computer. If you choose to install SQL Express (which is free but has a 10 gigabyte database limit), you should probably match the version that is installed on your server (if only for consistency reasons).

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RE: SSMS loaded on work computer but no named instances available locally

(OP)
Thank you both for your responses and you both were correct. After multiple transfers, I was told that the Database Engine is intentionally not installed. No local databases allowed. Also third party software is not allowed to be installed (SQL Server Express). I will have to use Access to complete this task.

Thank you again for your responses.

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RE: SSMS loaded on work computer but no named instances available locally

Note that Access and SQL Server Express are both Microsoft products but I assume they mean no additional software as Access comes with a version of the office suite.

djj
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