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Why can't I enable the local SQL Server Express instance to store geodatabases?

Question asked by jbailey.spatialbridge on Sep 5, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 22, 2019 by jatwood_clearion

I'm trying to set up a desktop machine with the Database Server for Desktop. After installing SQL Server express, I get to the wizard screen that prompts the user to choose the SQL Server instance name to enable geodatabase storage.



The dropdown list of SQL Server instances doesn't show the SQL Server instance that I just created. It only shows another instance on another machine that another user on the machine had previously created / connected to.


I can verify that the new service that I created exists and is running, by looking at the Services dialog, and in the SQL Server Configuration Manager.


Caveat: The previous user had also previously installed SQL Server Express 2014 and created an instance named SQLEXPRESS, that I removed.


Any ideas as to why I can't see the local SQL Server instance?