Cannot connect to the configuration database

If you are running Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 like I am, then you may have seen the error above. This error can sometimes occur when you are attempting to go into the central administration tool for Sharepoint Services.

Some of the suggested fixes for this include reinstalling WSS 3.0 or reinstalling Windows Internal Database Services. Both of which will work but can require a bit of effort. I propose simply trying to restart the Windows Internal Database ServerĀ  to see if the administration tool comes up after that.

I’m not saying it will always work, but it’s a simple troubleshooting technique you can try before reinstalling services. To do this you can go to you RUN prompt “Windows Key + R” and type services.msc then hit enter. From here find the Windows Internal Database Service, right click and choose Restart.

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