The SQL Express 2008 family is getting bigger


We’ve released SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (a new edition for 2008) and SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services to the web. You can find information comparing the three editions of SQL Express in my recent blog post. You can find links to download any of the three editions of SQL Express from the Express web site. For those of you looking for Management Studio Express, you can install it from either SQL Express with Tools or SQL Express Advanced; there will not be a separet download for Management Studio for 2008.

It’s worth writing about the naming of the files and how the file name relates to what you’re installing. As in the past, there are different downloads available for Express depending on the OS architecture and language you want to install. SQL Express core has three packages available while SQL Express w/ Tools and SQL Express Advanced have two each.

 SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe / SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe

  • SQLEXPR identifies the core edition, the addition of the 32 means that it is a 32bit only package. (We do this in order to reduce the size for deployment.) Without the 32 means it supports installing in the WoW subsystem on an x64 platform, but it’s still the 32bit version of SQL Express.
  • x86 is used to identify that this is the 32bit version of SQL Express.
  • ENU identifies the language, English here. Different languages will have different three letter suffixes.

SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.exe

  • x64 is used to identify that this is the 64bit version of SQL Express, so it can only be installed on x64 systems. We don’t support installing SQL Express onto IA64 computers.

SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe / SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe 

  • These are the package names for SQL Express with Tools.
  • There is no 32bit only package for this edition, just the 32bit WoW package. 

SQLEXPRADV_x86_ENU.exe / SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe

  • Same as above but for SQL Express Advanced.

All these pacakges have prerequisites which are detailed in earlier posts in this blog and on the download pages for each edition. If you have any questions post them in the SQL Express forum on MSDN.

-Mike


Comments (10)

  1. We’ve released SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (a new edition for 2008) and SQL Server 2008 Express

  2. playstation3 80gb says:

    I look forward to seeing the new 2008 express.  Thanks for the information.

  3. bartekmarnane says:

    Great news!  I’ve written a tutorial on Setting up SQL Server 2008 for an ASP.NET website on IIS 7.0 here:

    http://blog.evonet.com.au/post/2008/08/24/Setting-up-SQL-Server-2008-for-an-ASPNET-website-on-IIS-70.aspx

  4. Many of you may have read my post about dependencies with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .Net Framework

  5. zskubinyi says:

    I cannot install >>SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe<< on my Itanium. The error message is: ""The current operation system is of IA64 architecture. This media is not supported for running on the system"

    You wrote this: "…Without the 32 means it supports installing in the WoW subsystem on an x64 platform, but it’s still the 32bit version of SQL Express. " How can I install this product on my Itanium? Thanks for the information.

  6. sqlexpress says:

    SQL Express is not supported on IA64 only x64, you cannot install it on Itanium.

    – Mike

  7. scott_pearce says:

    Are there any Clickonce prerequisite packages for these?  In particular, for SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe / SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe?

  8. SQLClub says:

    За последние два месяца заметно участились вопросы на тему миграции с MySQL. Анархисты двинулись в сторону