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How to activate your Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 Database using your Account

by Community Manager on May 29, 2008

As a part of the SQL Server 2008 Go Live Program, now offering accounts on the SQL Server 2008 platform. By joining the Beta program and trying out SQL 2008, you’re getting an opportunity to test out the software before it is available to the public. Your SQL 2008 database can be activated through the Control Panel once your web hosting account has been activated. If you want to read more about this offering then please visit our SQL Server 2008 page.

How to activate your Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 Database using your Account

1- First log in to your control panel located at


2- Once you log in, take a look at the top left portion of the page and make sure that your hosting plan says either Premium Web Hosting or Professional Web Hosting. You also need to be on a Windows Hosting plan in order to use MS SQL Server 2008.


3- Once you verified your hosting plan then click on “Site Management” tab at the top.


4- On the “Site Management” page, notice the left menu and click on “Microsoft SQL Database” link located under “Database” category.


5- You are now on “SQL Databases Page”. If you haven’t added any SQL Databases then the page will say “You currently do not have any SQL databases.” so click on “Click here to add a new SQL database.” link.


6- Next page will ask you to choose the platform you would like your database created on. Click on “SQL Server 2008 Beta” link.


7- Next page will be “Microsoft SQL 2008 Beta Database Signup” page. Although you may sign-up for a free version of SQL 2008, you may also consider paid versions if your project require more disk space. For this guide, we will go ahead and click on first option (Free). Select the first option, scroll down and click on “Continue” button.


8- This page requires you to enter a password for your database. Make sure that you read the password guidelines on the page. We will go ahead and enter a password.


9- Next you will be presented with a billing summary of your selection. As we chose the free version, your summary will indicate zero dollars (as seen below). Simply click on “Confirm” button to continue.


10- Congratulations, your database has been created. Make a note of your SQL Server information, you may need them in the future. If you want to manage your database then click on “Click here to manage your database.” link.


11- This page will let you manage various aspects of your database. If you want to access myLittleAdmin for your database then simply click on “SQL Web Administration” link.


And that is it, now you have added the latest and greatest database solution to your account.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Timur Catakli – Community Manager

ps: Did you like this post? Would you like to see more of user guides with screenshots, if so contact me.

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EmboryWemeriff August 2, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Very nice!!

Rusher December 20, 2010 at 3:52 PM

I love the user guides with screenshots, very helpful. Without the shots, I always tend to miss a step or two somehow.

Randy5 February 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

What are some things you might need your SQL server info for?

PotsNPans April 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

This activation looks intuitive–it’s a lot better than many of the activations I’ve experienced, that’s for sure!

Texas2Step September 19, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I agree with Rusher about the screen shots. Without them, it’s easy to get lost in the instructions.

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