Tuesday, August 26, 2008

SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services

The advanced edition of SQL Server 2008 Express is now available for download. As was the case with version 2005 when this edition was first introduced, the Advanced Services include (in addition to the Database Engine, of course):

  • SQL Server Management Studio Basic (formerly: Express);
  • Full-text Search; and
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (limited to local reporting).

You can find the installation files and instructions right here:

You can find more information at the SQL Server 2008 Express main page:


Friday, August 08, 2008

SQL Server 2008 RTM

I'm sure you know by now that SQL Server 2008 has RTMed about two days ago and is already available for download to MSDN/TechNet subscribers.

There are additional free downloads that you might also be interested in:

As always, sample databases are available at CodePlex:

Before attempting to install SQL 2008, though, you really should read the release notes which might make it easier for you to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Knowing is half the battle.*