Configure the Protocol
Configure the Port
Then Restart SQL Server
Next open SQL Server Management Studio Express. This is the application we'll use to directly interface with the database. You'll immediately have a log on box appear. You may need to change the drop down from Windows Authentication to SQL Server Authentication. Fill in your computer's name like in the screenshot below. The login will be sa and the password will be whatever you configured when you installed the application. Hopefully you remember... if not, you can always reinstall SQL Server Express.
Logging Into SQL Server Management Studio Express
Next we'll set up our database and our first table.