Installation of Sharepoint server

Hi, just a quick question.  I am looking at installing SharePoint server, can I install in straight onto a windows 2008 R2 Enterprise server or do I first need to purchase and install Microsoft SQL server?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
it does need a database; a single server can use sql express (2008 R2 SP1)

Hardware requirements—database servers

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Garry MastersCommented:
Depends on your DB requirements-  If single server and Express meets your needs then:

The Setup program installs the following prerequisite for a single server with built-in database:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 - Express Edition
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