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Posted - 12/18/2013 :  11:06:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New to SQL Server. I installed SQLexpress 2012 on my PC. (I am teaching myself this application.) But for some reason, from the Object Explorer tree of SQL Mgmt Studio, I can see the Master db in the list but not the Tables folder. I can see the Views folder and everything else that I believe I should see, but no Tables folder. I am using Windows authentication and have all authority to the SQL instance. I've tried logging on with a different ID (sa id) using SQL authentication, adding other authorities to my connection profile, all kinds of stuff, all to no avail.

Yet for all of my sample Adventure Works DB's that I downloaded, I can see the Tables and Views folder and everything else that I should see.

I have checked all security that I could using my online class/session info (from for reference. Nothing is making a difference. Would the reason be Express specific? Is this working as designed? Or is something just not authenticating correctly? Please help if you can. It is not critical that I see these tables...however inquiring minds want to know. AND IT'S DRIVING ME NUTS!

Bustaz Kool
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Posted - 12/20/2013 :  19:01:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can you SELECT from a non-visible table?

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Posted - 12/24/2013 :  13:30:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check Tools | Options | Startup

Verify whether or not the option to hide system objects is checked.
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