Server Explorer/Database Explorer

Server Explorer/Database Explorer is the server management console for Visual Studio. Use this window to open data connections and to log on to servers and explore their databases and system services. In the Visual Studio Express products, this window is named Database Explorer. In all other Visual Studio products, this window is named Server Explorer.

To access Server Explorer/Database Explorer, choose Server Explorer or Database Explorer on the View menu. To make the window close automatically when not in use, select Auto Hide on the Window menu.

There are two primary nodes in the window.

  • Data Connections
    Top-level node that lists any data connections added by a user to the server. Beneath this node are listed the diagrams, tables, views, stored procedures, and functions for each connection. You can make data connections to many types of databases, including Oracle databases running on UNIX or Microsoft Windows operating systems. For more information, see Connecting to Data with Server Explorer/Database Explorer.

  • Servers
    Top-level node that lists the servers currently available for use. Beneath each server node are listed the server resources you can use in your applications. You can drag nodes from the Servers node onto Visual Studio designers. This action creates new components that are preconfigured to reference the dragged item. For more information, see Accessing Server Resources with Server Explorer.


    The Servers node and its children are not available in some editions of Visual Studio.

See Also

Other Resources

Connecting to Data with Server Explorer/Database Explorer

Accessing Server Resources with Server Explorer