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…


What’s up with SQL Server 2008 Express editions

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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…


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.   ·         Shared hosting: SQL Server Express Edition is…


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 of the new designer by downloading…


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. Notify, Download and Notify or…


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…


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 Windows desktop operating systems. The SQL…


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 is not true, SQL Express SP1 is fully supported on…


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 the 2nd CTP of the SQL…