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My application got a mdf database file. I want to connect to it without SqlServer installed. How can I connect to .mdf database using SqlServer compact?
Posted 7-Jul-12 9:47am

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If you created the database in a edition of SQL Server OTHER THAN Compact, you cannot use it with the Compact edition. CE only supports SDF files. I'm not aware of any utility that converts between the two formats.
Member 7848279 7-Jul-12 15:15pm
So how can I connect to SDF files?
Dave Kreskowiak 7-Jul-12 17:32pm
You have to install SQL Server Compact Edition.

Your connection string would be something like
"Provider=Microsoft.SQLSERVER.CE.OLEDB.3.5;Data Source=myPath\myData.sdf;"

I believe you're stuck using the OleDbxxxxx database classes. You cannot use the Sqlxxxx classes.

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