SQL SERVER – 2008 – Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools Free

Note: Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools Free by Microsoft

SQL Server 2008 Express Edition was much awaited version of SQL Server 2008. It is FREE and available to download from web.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (SQL Server 2008 Express) is a free, easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express that includes graphical management tools. SQL Server 2008 Express provides powerful and reliable data management tools and rich features, data protection, and fast performance. It is ideal for small server applications and local data stores.

SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools has all of the features in SQL Server 2008 Express, plus you can easily manage and administer SQL Server 2008 Express with a easy-to-use graphical management tool – SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Basic.

Free to download, free to deploy, and free to redistribute as an embedded part of an application, SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools is the fast and easy way to develop and manage data-driven applications.

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools Free

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (SQL Server 2008 Express) is a free, easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express that includes graphical management tools. SQL Server 2008 Express provides powerful and reliable data management tools and rich features, data protection, and fast performance. It is ideal for small server applications and local data stores.

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services (SQL Server 2008 Express) is a free, easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express that includes a graphical management tool and powerful features for reporting and advanced text-based searches. SQL Server 2008 Express provides powerful and reliable data management tools and rich features, data protection, and fast performance. It is ideal for small server applications and local data stores.

SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services has all of the features in SQL Server 2008 Express, plus you can:

* Easily manage and administer SQL Server 2008 Express with a easy-to-use graphical management tool – SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Basic.

* Issue full-text queries against plain character-based data in SQL Server tables. Full-text queries can include words and phrases, or multiple forms of a word or phrase.

* Run SQL Server Reporting Services reports on local relational data.

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services

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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQL SERVER – 2005 NorthWind Database or AdventureWorks Database – Samples Databases

SQL Server 2005 does not install sample databases by default due to security reasons.I have received many questions regarding where is sample database in SQL Server 2005. One can install it afterwards. AdventureWorks and AdvetureWorksDS are the new sample databases for SQL Server 2005, they can be download from here.

After installing sample databases the second most asked question is WHERE IS NORTHWIND?

Northwind database was the best sample database for SQL Server 2000. Since I started to work with AdventureWorks of SQL Server 2005, I like AdventureWorks as much as Northwind. Northwind is not the best database due to few new features of analysis and reporting service of SQL Server 2005. MSDN Book On Line (BOL) uses the AdventureWorks in all of their example and it makes it easy to follow up if proper understanding of AdventureWorks schema is developed. However, SQL Server Compact Edition uses Northwind as sample database.

If you still want to download and install Northwind and Pubs in SQL Server 2005, download them from here.

My recommendation : Start getting familiar with AdventureWorks.
UPDATE: SQL SERVER – 2005 NorthWind Database or AdventureWorks Database – Samples Databases – Part 2 explains how to restored NorthWind to SQL Server 2000 using images.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)