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Installation of SQL Server Express 2014 on Windows 10

on Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:58 pm
What is Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express?
MSDN defines it as Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express is a free, feature-rich edition of SQL Server that is ideal for learning, developing, powering desktop, web & small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs.

Sql Server 2014 Express can be installed on Windows 10/ Windows 8.1/ Windows 7. These steps are almost similar for any Sql Server Express edition installation on any Windows OS.

Step 1 – Download SQL Server 2014 Express Edition
In this very first step there was minor road block, from Where to download SQL Server installation? It’s naturally you will open Download Sql Server Express 2014 link. I tried downloading it, but it wasn’t working. Then I found this link The 12 step process to download Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014.

Oh !! 12 steps to be followed for downloading, then think of installation of it. Scott Hanselman made our life easy by writing this post Download Sql Server. It has not only 2014 edition but Sql Server 2012, 2008 R2. Everyone just download it from this link, save your time
I choose this “Express with Advanced Services (SQLEXPRADV)” option because of my need for

Reporting Services
Full Text Search
Full version of Sql Server 2014 Management Studio which gives us SQL Profiler.
It gives almost full working Sql Server database system with lots of tools.
Download it from Scott’s blog link for Download SQL Server, I used 64 bit download(32 bit also available). It’s around 1+GB. This will take time to download, meanwhile lets see briefly what are other editions of Sql Server 2014 Express

LocalDB (SqlLocalDB)
LocalDB is a lightweight version of Express that has all its programmability features, yet runs in user mode and has a fast, zero-configuration installation and short list of pre-requisites. It can be bundled with Application and Database Development tools like Visual Studio or embedded with an application that needs local databases.

Express (SQLEXPR)
Express edition includes the SQL Server database engine only. Best suited to accept remote connections or administer remotely.

Express with Tools (SQLEXPRWT)
This package contains everything needed to install and configure SQL Server as a database server including the full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio. Choose either LocalDB or Express depending on your needs above.
SQL Server Management Studio Express (SQLManagementStudio)
This does not contain the database, but only the tools to manage SQL Server instances, including LocalDB, SQL Express, SQL Azure, full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio, etc. Use this if you already have the database and only need the management tools.
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