Cannot attach database from Server management Studio



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Cannot attach database from Server management Studio

Postby Sen D » Tue, 31 Mar 2009 21:46:46 GMT

When I try to attach a local database file created with SQL Express 2008 / 
Visual Web Developer, I get following error

Cannot show requested dialog.
Parameter name: nColIndex
Actual value was -1. (Microsoft.SqlServer.GridControl)

I have read that this has to do with user credentials, but I dont 
understand, I just find the local database instance using Windows 
Authentication and my user is local administrator.

Does anyone know how to get around this?

Best regards

RE: Cannot attach database from Server management Studio

Postby U2hlaGFiIEthbWFs » Tue, 21 Apr 2009 03:56:15 GMT

I have installed SQL server to support mixed authentication.
If I connect using windows authentication, I get the same error you have. 
However if I connect using sa account I am able to attach the database. So 
try to enable the sa account and log in using it.

Re: Cannot attach database from Server management Studio

Postby William Vaughn (MVP) » Thu, 30 Apr 2009 01:47:50 GMT

Not a good idea. It's rarely (if ever) prudent to build an application that 
connects via the SA account. It opens the server to a variety of attacks 
often caused by the dispersal of the SA password--not to mention Trojan 
If SQL Server authentication is called for, create a new Login ID for the 
application and grant it specific rights on the target database.

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Re:Cannot attach database from Server management Studio

Postby Michal Hanus » Mon, 28 Dec 2009 23:35:11 GMT

Hello, this appear to "bug" in management studio. In my situation, after get 
this error I try attach database from t-sql command sp_attach_db and success 
attach database :-)

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