SQL Server Express and .NET Framework 4

[update 1/17/2012: Fixed formatting and clarified all comments apply to all future Service Packs of SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server 2008 R2 Express] [update 4/28/2010: All comments in this post apply to .NET Framework 4 RTM and to SQL Server 2008 R2 Express] We have just shipped a new package of SQL Server 2008…


SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTp Is released

With the release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP, we have simplified the SQL Server Express (all editions and package) installation process.  In this release, we have completed the following: Reduced the number of clicks by 50% when performing an install. All inputs are defaulted on Vista and above operating systems.  (many inputs…


Embedding SQL Server Express Survey

Microsoft is committed to making the SQL Server the best database in the industry for embedding with your application. For us to achieve this goal, we need your candid feedback on your experience with embedding SQL Server Express.  If you have used several different versions of SQL Server Express, focus on the latest version that…


General SQL Server Express Survey

Microsoft is committed to making the SQL Server Express installation experience the best in industry. For us to achieve this goal, we need your candid feedback on your experience with installing SQL Server Express.  If you have used several different versions of SQL Server Express, focus on the latest version that you have used.  When…


ClickOnce bootstrapper for SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools

I’d like to share the link to a blog post by Brock Weaver, where he explains how to add SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools to the list of prerequisites for ClickOnce packages: http://youarenotexpectedtounderstandthis.blogspot.com/2009/08/vsnet-2008-prerequisite-for-sql-server.html It is great to see people from the community extend our platform! Thanks Brock! That’s what we always hope for and…


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP

The August CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is now published: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee315247.aspx. Give it a try and give us feedback!!!   This release does not have many changes around the Express when compared to SQL Server 2008.  But the next CTP will contains several improvements as a result of your feedback. Here are some…


Troubleshooting .NET 2.0/3.5 Installation errors

The installation of .NET 3.5 can fail for several reasons. Sometimes the .NET 3.5 install fails and sometime SQL Server Setup fails to detect .NET is already on the machine.   If you view the %temp%\sqlsetup.log you can determine whether the .NET 3.5 installation failed or SQL Server Setup incorrectly detected .NET was already installed….


SQL Server 2008 Express Edition will be updated through Automatic Update

Starting in September, we are considering automatically updating SQL Server 2008 including all Express Edition to Service Pack 1 (SP1). See http://blogs.msdn.com/petersad/archive/2009/07/30/sql-server-2008-service-pack-sp-1-on-microsoft-update-as-a-required-automatic-update.aspx for details. Provide us feedback on this change.


“Embedding SQL Server 2008 Express in an Application” technical Article

We recently published a technical article on how to embed and run SQL Server 2008 Express in unattended mode. The article is at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd981032.aspx. We expect to revise this article at a later point in time. To ensure we continually improve the Express embedding experience, please provide us feedback. You can provide your feedback through…