The SQL Server 2005 September CTP is now available; if you’re interested inchecking out the latest versions of SQL Express, here are some resources tohelp you out when you’re installing the build.
Make sure to follow all the instructions on the download page and read allthe supporting documents related to SQL Express before you try to install.Most the problems people are having when installing are related toincompatible versions of beta software and incomplete removal of previousversions. Unless you have a clean install of Windows on a formattedcomputer, you’re probably going to have to do some work to get yourcomputer ready to install this.
Information about removing previous versions of SQL server and therequirements for installing this build can be found at:
Information about removing previous versions of Visual Studio 2005 can befound at:
Make sure you remove all the components of earlier versions of SQL Serverand Visual Studio 2005 as well as the .NET Framework 2.0 to be sure you’veremoved older, incompatible components.
The SQL Express CTP site is located at:
You’ll notice that Express Manager is no longer available and the earlierversion will not work with this current CTP. SQL Server Management Studio(SSMS), which is included with other editions of SQL Server, will allow youto connect to and manage SQL Express instances. You can get other editionsof SQL Server from here:
If you are interested in using SQL Express in combination with VisualStudio 2005, you should use the version of SQL Express that is installed bythe Visual Studio 2005 product that you are working with. Don’t try to mixand match versions of VS 2005 and SQL 2005 on the same computer as the .NETcompatibility can cause problems. Publicly released versions of VS 2005 canbe found at the link below. If you are an MSDN Subscriber, check in thesubscriber download area for the most recently released versions of VS2005.
Other things that you might be interested in reading are:
The SQL Server Update from Paul Flessner:http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/productinfo/letter.mspx
The Visual Studio 2005 Update:http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2005/08/22/451026.aspx
Questions and comments? Post ‘em to the newsgroup at http://communities.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.asp?icp=sqlserver2005&slcid=us&NewsGroup=microsoft.private.sqlserver2005.express.