Add Database Reference Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to add a database reference to your database project.

To access this dialog box, right-click the Database Reference node in SolutionExplorer, then choose New Database Reference on the shortcut menu.


The New Database Reference shortcut menu is only available for a database project. If all of the existing database connections have already been added as references, or there is no data connection in Server Explorer, the Connection Properties dialog box is displayed (instead of the Add Database Reference dialog box) so that you can define a new connection.

The Add Database Reference dialog box lists the current references for the project and all of the other database connections available in Server Explorer. Each line describes one database reference or one connection. To add a database reference to your database project, select the appropriate list item and click OK.


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  • Add Reference Button
    If you click Add Reference, the Connection Properties dialog box appears so that you can define another database connection.

See Also


Working with Database Projects