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ADO.NET Programming in Visual Basic™ .NET by Bob Howell, Steve Holzner

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The Server Explorer

One way to manage database within the IDE is the Server Explorer. In prior versions of VB we had the Data View window. This has evolved into the Server Explorer. We now have access to many of the management functions of each server we have access to. This is dependent upon your privileges on each server. Given the requisite privileges, we can now start and stop services, manage message queues (more on this in a later chapter), and perform other server-related functions. The one item that was left out is access to the IIS management functions. The main use of the Server Explorer from a database programmer’s point of view is that it gives us access to SQL Servers on each machine. Through this tool we can create databases, tables, ...

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