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Removing SQL Server Express from VS Team System for Database Professionals CTP 5

As I indicated in my previous post, Visual Studio Team System for Database Professionals CTP 5 Out, if you don't already have a default SQL Server Express instance installed, the installer will install one for you. There's not an option to not install it. I did attempt to patch it to SP1 but received an error that I didn't pursue any further because I really wanted to remove it altogether. So that's what I did.

In Add/Remove Programs Microsoft SQL Server 2005 should be listed as an installed program. You can click on it and select the Change button to get a list of instances and pieces which are installed. From there you can uninstall the SQL Server Express package. But we're not quite done yet.

You'll also want to repoint your design-time validation database connection. In Visual Studio 2005, under Tools | Options, there is a section labeled Database Tools. If you expand it, you have Design-time Validation Database. Point it to where you want your database to be located. You'll need to stop and restart Visual Studio for this change to take effect.

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K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

IT Security, MySQL, Perl, SQL Server, and Windows technologies.


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