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Introduction to SQL Server Express 2008 R2
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I've been taking advantage of the free SQL Server Express edition for some time. I see there is a new release of SQL Server Express 2008 R2. Can you provide an overview of this latest version?

According to SQL SERVER EXPRESS WEBLOG the final version of SQL Server Express 2008 R2 was made publicly available on April 21, 2010. There are a number of new features that make it just a little more likely that you could find this a useful tool. In this tip I'll discuss the features, limitations, requirements and installation experience. Features You can get the feature details for all editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 (including the Express versions) by taking a look at Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2008 R2. Keep in mind that Express provides only a subset of the features available in the other editions of SQL Server 2008 R2. The following are the editions of SQL Server Express 2008 R2 and their key features: Express with Advanced Services - Database Engine, Full Text Search, Reporting Services, Business Intelligence Development Studio, SQL Server Management Studio Express with Tools - Database Engine and SQL Server Management Studio SQL Server Express - Database Engine As you can see Express with Advanced Services has a pretty decent set of features. Limitations SQL Server Express 2008 R2 is still free, but there is still a limitation on database size, but the limit has been raised from 4 GB to 10 GB. Although the 10 GB size limitation may still not be enough for your production databases, it's likely to be workable for small application databases as well as your development environments. Here are what I consider the most important limitations on the Express versions; this may help you to decide if SQL Server Express 2008 R2 could benefit you. FEATURE NAME Number of CPUs Maximum memory utilized Maximum database size Replication System Requirements The following are the high level system requirements: The supported operating systems are Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows XP .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 For 32-bit systems an Intel or compatible processor, 1GHz or faster (2 GHz or faster is recommended) For 64-bit systems a 1.4 GHz or faster processor 512 MB RAM (2 GB or more recommended) 2.2 GB hard disk space Before running the setup program the following prerequisites must be installed based on the Express edition: SQL Server Express .Net Framework 2.0 SP2 Windows Installer 4.5 For Windows Vista SP2 .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 SQL Server Express with Advanced Services .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Windows Installer 4.5 Windows PowerShell 1.0 SQL Server Express with Tools .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Windows Installer 4.5 Windows PowerShell 1.0 LIMITATION 1 1 GB 10 GB Subscriber only

You can choose to download x86 or x64 versions of the Database Only.2 After launching the installation program you'll see the start page as shown below: Click New installation or add features to an existing installation and you'll see the License Terms dialog as shown below: Click the I accept the license terms checkbox then you'll see the Feature Selection dialog as shown below: Click the Select All button to install everything. it's wizard-based and only asks us to specify a few things. For the complete details on system requirements take a look at Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2008 R2.. Database with Management Tools. The installation experience is exactly what we have come to expect. Let's walk through the installation of the SQL Server Express 2008 R2 with Advanced Services since it has the most features. Management Tools.mssqltips. the Instance Configuration dialog will be displayed as shown below: .. or Database with Advanced Services. Installation Experience To download SQL Server 2008 R2 Express navigate to SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Installation Options.

For information on setting up service accounts take a look at Setting Up Windows Service Accounts. After entering an account or accepting the defaults click Next to continue on to the Database Engine Configuration dialog as shown below: I just accepted the defaults.3 http://www.mssqltips.. click Next to continue on to the Reporting Services Configuration dialog as shown below: . Click Next to continue on to the Server Configuration dialog as shown below: I like to specify my own account for the various services then fine-tune the permissions for that The default is to install as the named instance SQLExpress. it makes it easy for me to figure out what version I have. I opted to change the instance name to be SQLExpress2008R2..

mssqltips. Next Steps SQL Server Express 2008 R2 is something that you should take a look at..4 http://www. Click Next to continue on to the Error Reporting dialog as shown below: Click Next to complete the wizard and begin the installation.. To add others you must be an administrator and you can run this script to add the current user to the SQL Server sysadmin role.. The user who installs Express will get added to the sysadmin role. I accepted the default which will setup Reporting Services for you. Last Update: 5/26/2010 About the author Ray is a Principal Architect at RDA Corporation and a MSSQLTips. Print Like 1 2 Become a paid author .. View all my tips We Recommend More SQL Server DBA Tips. One good resource that I have used to get information on the Express editions is SQL SERVER EXPRESS One issue that you may run into with Express is how do you add other users to the sysadmin BI Expert. it's a way to get a subset of SQL Server 2008 R2 features without additional licensing costs.

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