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BOOK: ASP.NET MVC Website Programming Problem Design Solution ISBN: 9780470410950
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Old July 13th, 2009, 07:50 AM
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In the book, it is recommended that SQL Server 2008 is used. It is possible to use 2005 instead, right?
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It is recommended to use SQL Server 2008 Express which is a free download from Microsoft. We didn't use any 2008 specific feature, so of course you can use SQL Server 2005, but we will be unable to support you doing it.
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Thanks to The Beer House I was motivated to finally install SQL Express 2008, but not without a little pain. FYI...

You can run both SQLExpress 2005 and 2008 on the same machine - Uninstall your 2005 Mgmt Studio and install the 2008 Mgmt Studio, which allows you to see both 2005 and 2008 databases.

I had some trouble getting this all set up on one of my machines, and found that I had much better luck using the "old style download" from Microsoft instead of the newer so-called "web install". I used this link for the download:


One issue I had with the "web install" was that 2008 Engine install told me I already had it installed, even though I only had the 2008 tools installed. I'd first uninstalled 2005 SSMS and installed just the 2008 SSMS. This problem went away with the older style install. Maybe it'd have been better to have uninstalled the 2005 SSMS and then installed the whole 2008 shebang, SSMS and engine, using the "web Install". Anyway...

Good luck...

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