Microsoft SQL Server 2005/System Requirements

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This software is available on Microsoft Windows, its 32-bit editions are different to the 64-bit editions[1].

32-bit editions of SQL Server 2005[edit | edit source]

Minimum processor: PIII 600 (1 GHZ or faster recommended).

Minimum OS:

Enterprise[edit | edit source]

  • Windows Server 2003 (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter) with SP1 or later.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Standard or Premium) with SP1 or later.
  • Windows 2000 (Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter Server) with SP4 or later.

In short: all OS after Windows XP.

Standard[edit | edit source]

All of Enterprise, but also non server Windows OS.

Windows Professional with SP4 and Windows XP with SP2 or later.

Workgroups[edit | edit source]

All of standard and Windows XP Media and Tabled Edition.

Express[edit | edit source]

All of the above + Windows Home Edition with SP2 or later and Windows Server 2004 Web Edition with SP1 or later.

Developer[edit | edit source]

1+2+3 + 4.5 Windows Home Edition with SP2.

Memory Requirements[edit | edit source]

  • Enterprise, Development Standard and Workgroup: 512 min, 1 GB more recommended.
  • Express: 192 min, 512 or more recommended.

Harddisk requirement[edit | edit source]

350 MB full and 390 for sample.

Internet[edit | edit source]

  • Explorer SP1 required for all installations (Required for Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and HTML Help.
  • IIS Required for XML applications and for Reporting Services.
  • TCP/IP must be enabled.

64-bit editions of SQL Server 2005[edit | edit source]

Processor[edit | edit source]

  • IA64 Minimum: 1 GHZ or faster Itanium.
  • X64 minimum: 1 GHz or faster AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xenon with Intel EM64T support or PIV with EM64T support.

References[edit | edit source]