Unable to create database - sql express and xp pro (XP user is local admin)


  • Default install of sql server express, have done nothing with it really.  my XP user is local admin. just want to create a new database to learn in (I'm actually learning c# and trying to code against a database...just want to make a 'scratch' database where it doesn't matter if I blow it up) this error:

    TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

    Create failed for Database 'asdf'.  (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

    For help, click:
    CREATE DATABASE permission denied in database 'master'. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 262)

    I've read online a bit but seems most things are over my head...I'm brand new to sql server, don't want anything fancy...One thing I did find was to run this sql:

    SELECT * FROM fn_my_permissions(NULL, 'SERVER')

    entity_name    subentity_name    permission_name
    server                                           CONNECT SQL
    server                                           VIEW ANY DATABASE

    this one didn't return anything:

    SELECT * FROM fn_my_permissions(NULL, 'SERVER') WHERE permission_name IN('ALTER ANY LOGIN','ALTER ANY CREDENTIAL')

    and I also tried (from some random forum suggestion...):

    ALTER LOGIN sa with PASSWORD='password'

    Msg 15151, Level 16, State 1, Line 3
    Cannot alter the login 'sa', because it does not exist or you do not have permission.

    Really appreciate any suggestions - I'm not one to post on forums normally...just tired of banging my head against this!

    Wednesday, April 04, 2012 1:39 PM


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