OK – so Bob Beachemin delivered Part 2 and I was back for Part 3. We had lots of folks on board with this session (more than 400) and as a result, I had a lot of questions. More than anything it seems like a lot of you wanted to know which versions of which came with what and could go with what (in terms of OS)… so, even getting started – and probably installing at home to play around ;). I was expecting tons of questions on the technical tidbits of installation options so you sure kept me on my toes!! Here are probably two very useful MSDN Links to SQL Server BOL Topics:

Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2005 - In fact, this has a GREAT matrix of all the different platforms and which versions can be installed where!

Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2005 - The BOL topic is very detailed.

And – in addition to those, there were quite a few more topics discussed during the webcast. The rest of the blog entry focuses on those questions! I hope this helps… enjoy!

Resource Links for all On-demand TechNet Sessions in our series for the ITPro

Part 1 – A Fast-Paced Feature Overview and Series Introduction
   On-demand link
   My blog entry for the session

Part 2 – Security
   On-demand link
   Bob's Blog Entry for the session

Part 3 – Understanding Installation Options and Initial Configuration (Level 200)
   On-demand link
   Blog entry link (well, you're already here ;)

Session 3 Resource Links as discussed during the session:

Submitting Product Feedback

  • MSDN Product Feedback Center: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback/
  • Tips for Submitting Feedback on the Feedback Center (tips were related to Visual Studio but there are some great general tips about how to file useful feedback!): http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=138235&SiteID=1
  • Add the Help Toolbar and connect to Product Feedback from within the SQL Server 2005 Tools. In SQL Server Management Studio, select View, Toolbars, add Help. Once the Help toolbar is visable, select the Send Feeback button which should be in the "Ask a Question" section at the end of the toolbar.

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If you're thinking about downloading – check out the newly bundled SP1 downloads:

SQL Server 2005 RTM Enterprise Eval Edition
SQL Server 2005 RTM Express Edition

SQL Server Express Edition with SP1 (SQLEXPR.EXE)
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with SP1

SQL Server Express Edition with Advanced Services (SQLEXPR_ADV.EXE)
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with SP1 + Advanced Services includes SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE), support for full-text catalogs, and support for viewing reports via report server.

SQL Server Express Edition Toolkit (SQLEXPR_TOOLKIT.EXE)
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit (SQL Server Express Toolkit) provides tools and resources to manage SQL Server Express and SQL Server Express Edition with Advanced Services. It also allows creating reports by using SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS).

SQL Server Management Studio Express (SQLServer2005_SSMSEE.msi)
SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE) provides a graphical management tool for managing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services instances. SSMSE can also manage relational engine instances created by any edition of SQL Server 2005. SSMSE cannot manage Analysis Services, Integration Services, SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition, Notification Services, Reporting Services, or SQL Server Agent.

And – that's it for this week. See you on Friday, March 31 when we'll chat more about Upgrade and Migration. Here's the link to register for this upcoming session: http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032290477&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

See you soon,
kt