i`ve seen -similar- posts, but none have really helped.
i am trying to install ZAM7.5 Standalone.
The installation doesnt get very far; when the windows "creating zenworks
asset management Standalone deployment database" shows up, i get a "login
name or password is incorrect."

the dbsetuplog.txt keeps telling me that:

DBCreate.dll 28.11.2007 10:21:41 000
The attempt to connect to the *secret* server failed.

DBCreate.dll 28.11.2007 10:21:41 000
Microsoft SQL-DMO (ODBC SQLState: 28000)returned error: 18456
Description: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Login failed for
user 'sa'.

i have a locally installed sql express that is definitely running and ok.
authentication is mixed mode.