Before we rush and use the myLittleAdmin tool, you will have
to first download a copy of the tool. If you follow this link: myLittleAdmin, on the
home page you are offered to register and get a free copy of the myLittleAdmin
Lite Edition for free! You could test with this lite edition and then decide on
purchasing a full copy!
There is an accompanying installation guide, so we will
summarize the major steps required for a successful installation.
myLittleAdmin for SQL Server 2005 requires the following:
Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003 or XP Professional
Microsoft IIS 5.0 or higher
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Including Express edition)
Microsoft .NET framework 1.1 or 2.0
A web browser that supports XHTML and CSS2
Just a note here, the tool works only with SQL Server 2005
with all its flavors. If you would like to manage a SQL Server 2000, you need
to download the myLittleAdmin for SQL Server 2000 which can be found here: myLittleAdmin for SQL
Server 2000 and MSDE.
The older version of the myLittleAdmin was mainly written
using ASP 3.0 however; the new myLittleAdmin is built purely in ASP.NET/C#.
Once you download the tool:
Open the *.zip* file and extract it to a folder on your hard
Open IIS and make that extracted folder an application.
Copy the license file (license.config) into the root folder of
If you want to run this application based on .NET 2.0, make
sure to copy the DLLs from /bin/Framework2.0/ to /bin folder.
Now that the application is setup as wanted, we are still
left with one additional and important configuration step! You need to tell
this application to which SQL Server it should talk to and to do so, you need
to open the *config.xml*, file located in the root folder, and updates the
<sqlserver address=".\SQLExpress" name="SQLExpress" />
As you can see we have registered this tool to work with the
SQL Express instance installed on the local machine and we have given a name to
this entry *SQLExpress*, it can be any other string.
There are a set of other configurations you can set through
this file. The major one is the one we explained above, the others we will just
mention them and leave it for you to read the installation guide to know how to
Add a new interface language in addition to English and
Japanese presently set.
Add a new skin for the tool in addition to the default one
You can change the date display formats.
Another major section of the config file is specifying the
backup/restore paths on your server:
The *backupwh* section is used to configure the backup
folder. You need to create a new virtual directory (Application) on IIS called
for example dbbackup and then specify the folder path using the hosting server
name in the *backupfolder* attribute and in the *backupurl* attribute
specifying the web URL for that folder on your hosting space.
The *restorewh* element specifies the folder to which you
can upload your backed up database online and would like to restore them on
your remote SQL Server. ASP.NET must have read/write permissions on this
folder. Another important attribute is the *deleteafterrestore* which is clear
and setting it to true means deleting the backup that you have already uploaded
from the server.
Notice the name of *Server* in both elements. The server
keyword should be replaced with the IP address of the server where your website
Another important feature of this config file is the
*Profile* section. The profile section specifies the path to the XML file that
contains all the configurations that you need to do as an Administrator on the
tool to show/hide the different features present in the myLittleAdmin. For
instance you can specify in the profile file that you want to allow users to
modify the content of a column inside a table.
To read more about the different configurations required you
can still read the installation guide that ships with the tool when you
download it to your hard disk.