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open a .mdf database file

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  • Is it possible to open a .mdf database file created in Visual Studio with some external SQL server IDE like Quest Toad for SQL server? Databases created in Visual Studio are rather similar to simple Access databases in that they're a single file.

    It appears external IDE's like Toad can't see the .mdf being served by my localhost's SQL server instance under MYMACHINE\SQLEXPRESS - I assume because these files are only served within Visual Studio with the .Net framework provider for SQL server, so my local sql server instance doesn't serve these files. Is that the case? Is there some way to access these databases locally outside of Visual Studio?
    Tuesday, February 05, 2013 7:21 AM

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