Do you need the ability to manage your SQL Server data wherever you are? Microsoft released a Web interface that can help you manage your SQL Server databases. With this tool, called the SQL Server Web Data Administrator, you can:
- Perform ad-hoc queries against databases and save them to your file system.
- Create/edit databases in SQL Server 2000 or MSDE 2000.
- View, create, and edit stored procedures.
- Export and import database schema and data.
- Manage users and roles.
Where do I download?
You can download the SQL Server Web Data Administrator from Microsofts Web site. Before installing it, you must meet the following requirements:
- Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP
- SQL Server 7.0 SP2 or higher
- Microsoft .NET SDK or Visual Studio.NET
- IE 5.5 or higher
Note: These are the requirements of the machine that the product is being installed on.
Installing the Web Data AdministratorOnce you have downloaded the tool, click the Setup.msi and the welcome screen is displayed. Click Next. The following two Windows ask you to accept the license agreement and select your Installation folder. After you choose an installation location, click Next to start the installation. Once the installation is complete, click Close.
Working with the Web Data Administrator
Before you can begin working with this tool, you must first know how you can access it via IIS. To configure the Web Data Administrator to work with IIS, click Start | Programs | Microsoft SQL Web Data Administration | SQL Web Data Administrator. You are presented with a Window to either start IIS or choose Cassini Personal Web Server (Figure A).
Cassini is a sample Web server written using .Net framework that demonstrates ASP.NET. You can download Cassini from Microsoft. For the purposes of this article, we are going to choose IIS and click Start. You can also access the tool directly by typing the following link in IE:
After clicking Start or typing the link manually, the welcome screen for the Web Data Administrator appears as shown in Figure B. You can log in to SQL Server via Windows Integrated authentication or SQL Server authentication.
Now that you have logged into your SQL Server via IIS, you will see the screen in Figure C. You can perform one of the following:
- Create new databases
- Edit, query, or delete existing databases
- Import databases
- Export databases
- Create and edit logins
- Create and edit server roles
At this point, you can begin to see the power of the Web Data Administrator. Let's dig a little deeper into each of these areas to show you how you can effectively manage your SQL Server.