SQL Server Express

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is a lightweight, redistributable version of SQL Server 2005 that is optimized to provide a data store for small-scale data-driven applications. Per Microsoft, “It is designed for building simple, dynamic applications. SQL Server Express helps developers build robust and reliable applications by providing a powerful database that is also free and easy to use. Too often database systems are overly complex for building simple applications. SQL Server Express and the other Express products reduce this complexity by providing a simple but powerful development environment for building data-driven applications. You can design schemas, add data, and query local databases, all inside the Visual Studio 2005 environment. If you need more advanced database features, then SQL Server Express can be seamlessly upgraded to more sophisticated versions of SQL Server.
One question that comes to mind is how is this different from MSDE? Basically, this is an evolution of MSDE “which continues to make the features and functionality of SQL Server technology widely available. SQL Server Express includes enhancements to setup and manageability to make it easier to use than MSDE. SQL Server Express also utilizes simpler and more scalable performance limits than MSDE, which managed throughput with a workload governor.
Update: Before you try and install this on a machine with SQL Server 2000 I would recommend reading this post which details some of the issues. If you want to download this, you can do so here.

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Amit Bahree

This blog is my personal blog and while it does reflect my experiences in my professional life, this is just my thoughts. Most of the entries are technical though sometimes they can vary from the wacky to even political – however that is quite rare. Quite often, I have been asked what’s up with the “gibberish” and the funny title of the blog? Some people even going the extra step to say that, this is a virus that infected their system (ahem) well. [:D] It actually is quite simple, and if you have still not figured out then check out this link – whats in a name?

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