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Monday, January 21, 2008

Why is EVERYTHING so Damned Hard?

Windows 2003 SBS ASP.NET 2008 Express SQL Server 2005 .net framework 3.5 (not beta)

So, I wanted to add a login page to my website and offer more content to logged-in users. I saw the login components and followed the tutorial to the letter. It works on my desktop perfectly. I can create logins and even the forgot my password crap works. I publish it to my website, and try to log in.

An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections.

Oh, shit! So I search the help (when am I going to learn?) and it tells me that all I have to do is open an Application that DOES NOT EXIST on my server, and grant THE INTERNET access to my DATABASE. I don't think so.

Please, if you know what is wrong, go to and use the username "a" and the password "a". It's not a valid login, but it crashes every time trying to verify.

My web server, email server, and database server are all the same machine.

Here's what I want to know, and MSDN has squat on it.

  1. if I grant database access to the database, can people BROWSE my database over the web?
  2. What am I doing wrong? and how do I make it right?
  3. WHERE on the internet can you go if the Microsoft help is crap?

Ok, I got it. I downloaded something, but it wasn't SQL server 2005 express. Now, a mere 8 hours of downloading and installing later, it seems to work.

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