Posted on June 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM
SQL Server is the MicroSoft's participation in the Arena of relational database management systems (RDBMS).
SQL Server is available in 4 editions : Express, Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise.
Well believe it - Microsoft is providing something for free : yes ! their lightweight edition SQL Server 2005 Express edition is a free download (in lieu of a bugging registration process, additionally Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 is required). I downloaded it from here .
Installation (SQL Server 2005 Express edition)
Prerequisites : IIS, Current OS service Packs and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
You can connect SQL Server using the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
which is bundled with the installation.
2 Types of authentication (Windows Authentication and SQL Server authentication) is possible to connect to the Database: