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Old February 23rd, 2009, 12:21 PM
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Question SQL 2008 will not run on Windows 2008?

I am perplexed by a paragraph on pg 18,

"SQL Server 2008 will not run with any of the Windows Server 2008 Core Installation options because the Windows 2008 Server Core does not support the .NET Framework, which is required by SQL Server 2008. Microsoft may add this support in a future release."

If I read this correctly:
  1. SQL Server 2008 needs the .NET Framework to run.
  2. Windows Server 2008 does not support .NET Framework.
  3. Because of (1) & (2), SQL Server 2008 will not run on Windows Server 2008.
If I read between the lines correctly:
  1. If Windows Server 2008 does not support .NET Framework then Windows Server 2003 probably does not support .NET Framework either (being older and all...)
  2. Because of (1 above) and (1 now), SQL Server 2008 will not run on Windows Server 2003.
What will SQL Server 2008 run on?

This is my question in planning for the future.

Right now I am looking at installing triple Windows 2003 Servers. Each with SQL 2005 installed. Then, each with our required application installed.

Aspects of our application require .NET Framework. Our application has already been certified with SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2003. No certification has yet been attempted for our application on SQL Server 2008 on any Windows Server but the authors plan on attempting this this year.

Am I making too much out of what you are saying?

Or, did you mean to also say that this is remedied if I just install the .NET updates from the Microsoft website (e.g., v.1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5)???

Or did you really mean the .NET Framework will not run on Windows Server 2008 [PERIOD]

If I'm way off base here, maybe an explanation of, "Windows 2008 Server Core" would be helpful.

Thank you.
Old February 23rd, 2009, 12:34 PM
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Take a look here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...91(VS.85).aspx

Server Core is a bare-bones version of Windows Server 2008 without a graphical UI and mainly used for network / infrastructure / storage scenarios.

SQL Server 2008 runs fine on most of the non-core editions.


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