2 Nov 2012

SQL Server Attach DB : failed to retrieve text for this error. Reason: 15105

Got this error in SSMS when trying to attach an old DB.

failed to retrieve text for this error. Reason: 15105

Quick answer - run Management Studio as Administrator. The error SSMS was giving on attach then displayed correctly, and in this case was a combination of two things:

  • Inadequate permission on the MDF and LDF files
  • Trying to attach a 2008 R2 DB on a plain 2008 server
Meh.

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