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Windows Azure Error: Failed to start Storage Emulator: the SQL Server instance ‘localhost\SQLExpress’ could not be found

December 18, 2011

If you get the above error, follow the steps give in the web site below. Most of time your problem should be fixed.

http://weblogs.asp.net/gunnarpeipman/archive/2011/11/30/windows-azure-error-failed-to-start-storage-emulator-the-sql-server-instance-localhost-sqlexpress-could-not-be-found.aspx

But I still had problem after applying the all of the above steps.

1) Then I quit my visual studio and

2) Run it as administrator

This fixed the issue 🙂

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