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Is MS Visual Studio 2005 part of MS SQL Server 2005 installation?

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Hi,

Is MS Visual Studio 2005 part of MS SQL Server 2005 installation?
Is it safe to UNINSTALL  the MS Visual Studio 2005 running on Windows Server 2003 SBS with MS SQL 2005 Server?

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No, I don't think it's part of SQL Server 2005. It's safe to uninstall, since it installs SQL Server Express edition (formerly called MSDE), not the full one (it can coexist with the full version). Also at uninstall, you can select which features to uninstall. Mind you at Add/Remove programs you'll see several items installed separately by Visual Studio which you should uninstall one-by-one if you don't need them (usually VS uninstaller prompts you at its end on what other items VS has installed that you might also want to uninstall)
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The server don't have SQL Server Express installed but it has Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine(SBSMonitoring) and (SHAREPOINT), do you still think that it is safe to unininstall the Visual Studio 2005?

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The Desktop Engine is what I call SQL Server Express. SBS (Small Business Server) installs that version of SQL Server which has performance cut-off built-in when multiple users access it simultaneously, since it's for Small Business. It still is safe to uninstall VS2005, just make sure you select custom uninstall and double-check there to make sure. After all if you look at Add/Remove programs, the SQL Server is separate uninstall item from VS2005.
Of course first step should always be to backup your system (can use Norton Ghost or similar tool) so that you can restore it in case anything goes bad (you know what the Murfy laws say).
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The visual studio IDE is installed as a component of the SQL 2005 installation. If you install reporting services it's the UI you use to define reports. Also analysis services projects and integration services projects can be edited in this environment.

If you run the management studio and visual studio on another workplace and not directly on the server you can uninstall the visual studio 2005 environment. If you want to be able to edit report definitions, or cubes or integration services projects made in the vs2005 environment on the server (maybe in emergency situations only) you should leave it installed. It only ;-) takes a 185MB when installed by SQL 2005.
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