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Article ID: 972893 - Last Review: November 24, 2009 - Revision: 1.0

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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express now supports .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 after you install Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1.
For more information about Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
975977  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975977/ ) Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

MORE INFORMATION

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available in the following two formats:
  • SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 support.
  • SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 support.
Note Neither of these formats introduce functional changes to SQL Server 2008 Express that differ from previous versions of SQL Server 2008 Express SP1.

For systems that have Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed or that have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed, you can install either of the SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 formats stated above.

For systems that only have .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 installed, install SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 support.

Note If .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 or .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 are not installed, SQL Server PowerShell and SQL Server common language runtime (CLR) features will not be available. Features that are not available include the following:
  • The CLR data types geometry, geography, and hierarchyid.
  • The dynamic management views for assemblies and spatial objects.
  • The CLR user-defined: types, functions, aggregates, procedures, and triggers.
If .NET Framework 2.0 or .NET Framework 3.5 is installed after SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 is installed, these previously unavailable features will automatically become available.

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services
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