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  • Blog Post: What's New in SQL Express 2008 November CTP

    SQL Server 2008 Express is now available as part of the November CTP - You can download it from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=749bd760-f404-4d45-9ac0-d7f1b3ed1053&displaylang=en . There is already a bunch of information out there about the new functionality...
  • Blog Post: How to upgrade from SQL Express to SQL Express Advanced

    Update -- Update -- Update (6/1/2006) As of 6/1/2006 we have posted a corrected Express Advanced installer that does not require you to follow these steps. If you're unsure if you have the update, download a fresh copy from the SQL Express download page at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: SQL Express with Advanced Services Beta

    Are you using SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and want to contribute to helping us continue to improve it? Now is your chance. We are about to start a beta program for the next update to SQL Express and are looking for beta testers who have experience working with MSDE or SQL Express and who are...
  • Blog Post: SQL Express Beta 2 available now!

    As of this morning SQL Express Beta 2 is available for download from http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/sql/ . Before upgrading please follow all the steps listed on the download page or at http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2004/07/21/190738.aspx as upgrading from the Tech Preview can be complicated...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Express Edition won't install on my Brazilian Portuguese OS

    The SQL Server Setup team has verified that this is a bug. We are currently investigating, but at this point we do not have a workaround. Further updates will be provided via this weblog as they become available. -Jeffrey Baker SQL Server Setup Development
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why do I get warnings about IIS and COM+ during the install of SQL Express, is something wrong?

    No nothing is wrong, the current builds SQL Server Express uses the same pre-requisite checks that the main SQL Server 2005 release does, except they are warnings instead of blocks. There is not problem in not having IIS for example. These checks will be removed from SQL Express for Beta 3. -Euan...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services fails after installing SQL Server 2005

    After installing any component of SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 or Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 on a computer with an existing installation of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, Reporting Services may fail with the following error: The report server cannot decrypt the symmetric key used to access sensitive...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: How do I write objects in Managed code, the beta 1 samples/docs on the web don't work with SQL Express?

    The syntax for much of SQLCLR was changed between B1 and the current builds to make it more consistent. Building SQLCLR objects in Visual Studio 2005 is really easy as we have new project types, but the Express SKUs of VS do not include this project type so the code has to be written by hand. The below...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: How do I start playing with data in SQL Express, there don't seem to be any sample databases

    SQL Express currently does not ship with any sample databases to help keep the size down, we'll be making these formally available on the web in the future but the folks over at ASP.Net have a nice tutorial that includes using the pubs database, so they have a page that shows you how to download and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing SQL Server Express Manager

    For those of you who are interested in database management tools for SQL Express, I’d like to tell you about a new product that Microsoft will be releasing soon called SQL Server Express Manager (or XM for short). XM is a lightweight tool built on top of the latest version of the .NET Framework...
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