What’s New in SQL Express 2008 November CTP

SQL Server 2008 Express is now available as part of the November CTP – You can download it from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=749bd760-f404-4d45-9ac0-d7f1b3ed1053&displaylang=en. There is already a bunch of information out there about the new functionality available in SQL Server 2008, so I won’t spend much time describing the features here. What I will do…


How to upgrade from SQL Express to SQL Express Advanced

Update — Update — Update (6/1/2006) As of 6/1/2006 we have posted a corrected Express Advanced installer that does not require you to follow these steps. If you’re unsure if you have the update, download a fresh copy from the SQL Express download page at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/download. Important Note: If you have already succesfully installed SQL Express…


Announcing: SQL Express with Advanced Services Beta

Are you using SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and want to contribute to helping us continue to improve it?   Now is your chance. We are about to start a beta program for the next update to SQL Express and are looking for beta testers who have experience working with MSDE or SQL Express and…


SQL Express Beta 2 available now!

As of this morning SQL Express Beta 2 is available for download from http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/sql/.  Before upgrading please follow all the steps listed on the download page or at http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2004/07/21/190738.aspx as upgrading from the Tech Preview can be complicated.


SQL Server 2005 Express Edition won’t install on my Brazilian Portuguese OS

The SQL Server Setup team has verified that this is a bug.  We are currently investigating, but at this point we do not have a workaround. Further updates will be provided via this weblog as they become available. -Jeffrey BakerSQL Server Setup Development 


FAQ: SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services fails after installing SQL Server 2005

After installing any component of SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 or Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 on a computer with an existing installation of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, Reporting Services may fail with the following error: The report server cannot decrypt the symmetric key used to access sensitiveor encrypted data in a report server…


Introducing SQL Server Express Manager

For those of you who are interested in database management tools for SQL Express, I’d like to tell you about a new product that Microsoft will be releasing soon called SQL Server Express Manager (or XM for short). XM is a lightweight tool built on top of the latest version of the .NET Framework and…