Posted by: Sourav | May 31, 2014

Attach a Database Using Command Line Sql Server 2008 Express

So to connect to a local SQL Express database:

C:\>sqlcmd -S .\SQLEXPRESS

Or if we were connecting to our local SQL Server default instance:

C:\>sqlcmd -S .\

Or a named instance (SQLInstance) on another machine (RemoeMachine) it would be:

C:\>sqlcmd -S RemoteMachine\SQLInstance

Next you need to switch to the master database (<enter> after each line below):

1> USE Master
2> GO

Then you need to enter the following command to indicate the new database name to create and the location of the MDF file. This will attach the database and automatically create a new log file for you (<enter> after each line below):

1> CREATE DATABASE databaseName ON
2> (FILENAME= N’C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\MDFFileName.MDF’)
4> GO

And you are done…



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