Obtaining and Installing SQL Server

As you saw in Chapter 1, there are plenty of versions of SQL Server available. We’re going to use SQL Server Express, which is completely free, as the basis of this book. Although much more limited than other versions, Express is still very powerful and includes all of the features we are going to look at during the course of the book.

Once we’ve downloaded Express, we’ll walk through installing it. You’ll see that installing SQL Server is a bit more involved than the normal installation process you might be used to!

Downloading SQL Server Express

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