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Hi guys,


I have a problem. been looking at forums all day but cant find the right one to help me out.


I'm using Windows 7 and EW(Expression Web) 4 to create a php site, but have had trouble all day trying to get it to connect to a MSSQL database (SQL Server 2008 R2).

I'm a complete noob with php so please bare with me  :-[


Here is my code to connect to the database


$myServer = ".\MSSQLHOSTING";
$myUser = "Username";
$myPass = "Password";
$myDB = "database"; 

//connection to the database
$dbhandle = mssql_connect($myServer, $myUser, $myPass)
  or die("Couldn't connect to SQL Server on $myServer"); 

//select a database to work with
$selected = mssql_select_db($myDB, $dbhandle)
  or die("Couldn't open database $myDB"); 

//declare the SQL statement that will query the database
$query = "SELECT UserName, UserPassword";
$query .= "FROM Administrator";
$query .= "WHERE UserName='Administrator'"; 

//execute the SQL query and return records
$result = mssql_query($query);

$numRows = mssql_num_rows($result); 
echo "<h1>" . $numRows . " Row" . ($numRows == 1 ? "" : "s") . " Returned </h1>"; 

//display the results 
while($row = mssql_fetch_array($result))
  echo "<li>" . $row["UserName"] . $row["UserPassword"]. "</li>";
//close the connection


I get this error from this code: Fatal error: Call to undefined function mssql_connect()


What files and code do i need for this to work? Any help is welcome but remember i'm new to php :P



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The error you are getting indicates that the php_mssql extension is not loaded. You can verify this by calling phpinfo() - my guess is that you won't see mssql as a loaded extension.


Since you are running on Windows, I'd suggest that you use the MSFT-supported extension: php_sqlsrv. You can read about the differences between those two extensions here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brian_swan/archive/2010/03/08/mssql-vs-sqlsrv-what-s-the-difference-part-1.aspx. You can download the sqlsrv extension here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=80e44913-24b4-4113-8807-caae6cf2ca05.


Regardless of which driver you use, you need to put the extension file in your PHP extension directory, add the appropriate entry to your php.ini file, and restart your web server.


Hope that helps.



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Thanks for the replies guys,


@ Brian

i downloaded the sqlsrv extension and installed it to C:\php\ext

i dont have a php.ini file though. where could i get this file from? once i have modified the php.ini file with the extension mentioned in your link, and my code to sqlsrv instead of mssql would my code work?


Thanks again

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