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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Express is now live!

    I promised an update on SQL Express availability in my last post about the release of SQL Server 2008 so here it is. SQL Server 2008 Express is now available along with the release of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, which is a prerequisite and Visual Studio Express SP1 . As I mentioned, there are two more...
  • Blog Post: What's up with SQL Server 2008 Express editions

    Microsoft has announced the release of SQL Server 2008 and that means it time for another post about SQL Server Express. The press release indicated that SQL Express is already available, but those of you who have followed the link have found that it is not actually there. Nothing to worry about,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Express RC0

    It's time for another release post, this time for RC0 of SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services. Here is the information that everyone is waiting to hear about the SQL Express product line. (Note: If you're the impatient type you can skip to the end of this post to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Express and Hosting

    Several questions have come up lately regarding whether SQL Server Express is an appropriate product to be used in a hosting environment. Here are the answers: · User Instances (also known as RANU) available with SQL Server Express Edition, are NOT RECOMMENDED for hosting environments. ·...
  • Blog Post: Opinion Poll: Creating Reports in SQL Express 2008

    The Reporting Services team is developing a new report designer tool that we're considering including in SQL Server Express 2008 with Advanced Services. This new report designer has a different user experience that is more geared toward information workers than developers. You can take a look at a preview...
  • Blog Post: SQL Express SP2 available on Microsoft Update

    Just a quick not to let you know that the SP2 update for SQL Express, SQL Express with Advanced Services and SQL Express Toolkit are being published to Microsoft Update today. These are automatic updates and will apply to computers based on your Microsoft Update settings for automatic updates. (i.e....
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2 has been released

    It's been a long road filled with many shouts of "Are we there yet?", so I'm happy to say that yes, we're there now. SP2 has finally be released. You can find the SQL Express SP2 bits on the SQL Express download page along with several other related downloads. As of this writing, we were having some...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition - Final Release available!

    If you've been reading this blog or the SQL Express Forum you've undoubtably seen me write about SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (SQL CE) as an alternative database for use when writing client applications that require local data storage. SQL CE is the evolution of SQL Mobile, with support added for...
  • Blog Post: Inaccuracies in recent CNNMoney.com article about SQL Express and Windows Vista

    Owen Thomas wrote an article for the Business 2.0 secton of CNNMoney.com on December 15,2006 that made some inaccurate claims about SQL Express compatibility with the upcomming Windows Vista operating system. Mr. Thomas wrote that you "can't run the current version of SQL Server" on Windows Vista. This...
  • Blog Post: Database Publishing Wizard - CTP2

    Our web hosting team within SQL Server has reached another milestone with the second CTP of the Database Publishing Wizard. Congratulations to the team! Here is the announcements in their own words explaining some of the updates and changes. - Mike Today, we’re excited to announce the release of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Express SP2 - November CTP now available

    The November CTP of SQL Express SP2 is available at a download center near you. As I've written before , SQL Express SP1 has a few known issues when running on Windows Vista, SP2 is where we've addressed these issues and is what we recommend using for Vista compatibility in your applications. The CTP...
  • Blog Post: Database Publishing Wizard CTP

    Getting a database from your development computer onto your web hosters computer can be a challenge. We've been working to make this process easier by developing a tool to completely script out your database so that you can run the script on your hosters computer. I encourage you to download and test...
  • Blog Post: Community Voting Now Open in Made In Express Contest

    The Made In Express Contest finalists have built and submitted their projects. It's time for our esteemed judges, and YOU, to tell which ones you like the best. What’s your favorite? Choose from an X-10 smart house system, a poker bot simulator, an all terrain self-maneuverable robot, and many more....
  • Blog Post: Yes it's true: MSDE will not be supported on Windows Vista

    There have been a few blog postings (most notably Eric Nelson's post on July 12) about the fact that MSDE 1.0 and 2000 will not be supported on Windows Vista and Longhorn. It's high time I made it official: MSDE 1.0 and 2000 will not be supported on Windows Vista If Windows Vista compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.NET

    Joe Morel, from the Developer Solutions team just blogged about the Alpha release of the ASP.NET BPA , a tool that will help users properly configure their ASP.NET sites. Those of you that build data bound ASP.NET sites know that configuring the site for data access can be particularly challenging...
  • Blog Post: More Exciting Express News

    Dan Fernandez writes today about some of the great content and news his team over at Visual Studio 2005 Express and the Coding 4 Fun folks are particularly excited about. Most notable: Visual Studio 2005 Express is now and forever completely FREE . You can also check out some of the very fun VS Express...
  • Blog Post: Exciting New Features in SQL Server Express with Advanced Services

    As a part of the release of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 , we’re happy to announce the availability of a new package of SQL Server Express called Advanced Services. Advanced Services includes SQL Server Reporting Services and Full Text Search, along with SQL Server Management Studio Express and SQL...
  • Blog Post: Report Packs and SQL Server Express

    The SQL Server team recently released eight new SQL Server 2005 Report Packs for download . Use the Report Packs as way to get up and running on Reporting Services in SQL Server 2005 Express. The Report Packs include sample reports and databases for views into commonly used application data such as IIS...
  • Blog Post: Management Studio Express white paper

    We've just released a new white paper that discribes Management Studio Express and gives some of the basics of database administration. You can download the paper from http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/f/8/4f8f2dc9-a9a7-4b68-98cb-163482c95e0b/MgSQLExpwSSMSE.doc . This paper will be available on...
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