Solved

Installing SQL Server Express as part of a VB2008.net program - Questions

Posted on 2011-03-15
5
288 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
1. The SQL Server Express install I found is like 256mb.  Is there a smaller one?  I remember MSDE being like 10mb.

2. If SQL server is already on the target computer how can I detect that?

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:onemorecoke
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
quizwedge earned 500 total points
ID: 35144857
SQL Server 2005 Express can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/Sqlserver/2005/en/us/express-down.aspx and has a download option of 36.5 MB.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Express can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/express/Database/InstallOptions.aspx and starts at 71MB.

You should be able to see it in your add/remove programs or in Services under Administrative Tools.
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:onemorecoke
ID: 35152875
If you were creating an app today and needed the SQL server, would you choose 2005 or 2008?
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:quizwedge
ID: 35152897
I would go with SQL Server 2008 R2 for no other reason than it's the most current version and therefore has the most support life cycle left. I'm still using 2005, but am considering a move to 2008 R2 in the next few months when I have time to see how the change will affect my setup, if at all.
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:onemorecoke
ID: 35152947
That's good advice, thanks.  I want people to be able to demo my product without having to jump through all the hoops of having to install the SQL Server initially.  I was thinking of using the SQL Compact edition until they purchase.  Do you see any wisdom in that, drawbacks?  Thanks for the answers.

0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:quizwedge
ID: 35166745
Sorry, I don't really know anything about SQL Compact edition.

Looks like you also wanted to know how to programatically detect if SQL Server is installed. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlexpress/archive/2006/07/29/faq-detecting-sql-server-2005-using-wmi.aspx
0

Featured Post

DevOps Toolchain Recommendations

Read this Gartner Research Note and discover how your IT organization can automate and optimize DevOps processes using a toolchain architecture.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Article by: jpaulino
XML Literals are a great way to handle XML files and the community doesn’t use it as much as it should.  An XML Literal is like a String (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.string.aspx) Literal, only instead of starting and ending with w…
It was really hard time for me to get the understanding of Delegates in C#. I went through many websites and articles but I found them very clumsy. After going through those sites, I noted down the points in a easy way so here I am sharing that unde…
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…
Email security requires an ever evolving service that stays up to date with counter-evolving threats. The Email Laundry perform Research and Development to ensure their email security service evolves faster than cyber criminals. We apply our Threat…

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question