Getting SQL Server for Free
Microsoft has a completely free version of SQL Server called SQL Server Express Edition. It's more powerful than you might think. Learn about it in these videos with Brent Ozar and Jeremiah Peschka:
SQL Server Download Links
Getting started with SQL Server development, and you want a free version or an update? Here's the links:
- SQL Server Free Editions - Microsoft provides two free editions of SQL Server, Express and Compact Edition. These provide most of the functionality of the full-blown SQL Server, but without the footprint or cost.
- SQL Server Licensing - or, why there's no such thing as a SQL Server crack or serial number online.
- SQL Server Release Date Calendar - helps you find out when new service packs or cumulative update packs are available for download.
- Our SQL Server Training Podcasts - free tutorial videos by SQL Server experts to help you get free training on database technology.
- Free SQL Nexus Download - an open source project from Codeplex that offers insight into your SQL Servers.
SQL Server 2005 Downloads
Here's our favorite add-ons and scripts you can use with SQL Server Management Studio:
SQL Server 2000 Downloads
Even though SQL Server 2000 has been out for years, it can be tough to find good, free SQL Server 2000 training. These links can help.
- Why SQL Server Books are Hard to Find - Kevin Kline talks about why the publishing industry is having a tough time. This really affects the availability of tough-to-find topics like SQL Server 2000 training.
SQLServerPedia Downloads and Scripts
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