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 sql .bak file problem

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Posted - 2013-01-26 : 17:47:30
I am doing some private work for a client who sent me a .bak file which is a backup file from an sql database.

I have sql server management studio installed on my work laptop which when I am connected to my office automatically connects to a datawarehouse over a network.

I have the .bak file stored locally and dont think I have sql server management studio connected to a localhost.

I am struggling in opening this file and I need to eventually get the data into excel.

I am a novice using SQL and can do basic queries.

Please can someone help me with advising me on how I do restore the backup ito sql server management studio?

So, as an alternative I installed MS SQL Server Express 2005 on my home laptop and all I can see is configuration tools and not the programme to open up the sql..

Please help.


Almighty SQL Goddess

38200 Posts

Posted - 2013-01-26 : 18:05:18
It sounds like you don't have the database engine installed and just have client tools installed. You could try installing the database engine for Express, but it does have limitations as far as database size.

Tara Kizer
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Master Smack Fu Yak Hacker

2179 Posts

Posted - 2013-01-27 : 02:22:31
If You've installed the SQL Server Express with the Database Engine, can you log on via the SQL Server Management Studio?
If you can , and you have sufficient disk space and security privileges - then attempt to restore the database .

Jack Vamvas
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