1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel
  2. Open Administrative Tools, Services and verify the following service are Started:
    • If using the MSDE instance installed with the software:
      • MSSQL$RE7_MSDE for The Raiser's Edge
      • MSSQL$FE7_MSDE for The Financial Edge/The Education Edge/Blackabaud Student Information System
      • MSSQL$Wealthpoint for The Researcher's Edge
         
    • Is using the SQL Express instance installed with the software:
      • SQL Server 2005 (RE_Express) for The Raiser's Edge
      • SQL Server 2005 (FE_Express) for The Financial Edge/The Education Edge/Blackabaud Student Information System
         
    • For full SQL Server 2000 versions:
      • If using a default SQL Server instance: MSSQLServer
      • If using a named SQL Server Instance: MSSQL$InstanceName

    • For full SQL Server 2005 versions: 
      • If using a default SQL Server instance: SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)
      • If using a named SQL Server Instance: SQL Server (InstanceName)

  3. If it is not started, right-click and select Start to start it.