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Tutorial: Getting Started with the Database Engine

Welcome to the Getting Started with the Database Engine tutorial. This tutorial is intended for users who are new to SQL Server and who have installed SQL Server or SQL Server Express. This brief tutorial helps you get started using the Database Engine.

This tutorial shows you how to connect to the Database Engine using SQL Server Management Studio on both the local computer and from another computer.

This tutorial is divided into two lessons:

Lesson 1: Connecting to the Database Engine

In this lesson, you will learn how to connect to the Database Engine and enable additional people to connect.

Lesson 2: Connecting from Another Computer

In this lesson, you will learn how to connect to the Database Engine from a second computer, including enabling protocols, configuring ports, and configuring firewall settings.

This tutorial has no knowledge prerequisites.

Your system must have the following installed to use this tutorial:

  • SQL Server Management Studio. Management Studio can be installed by running SQL Server setup or by downloading and installing from Microsoft Download Center.

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