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A. Setup Instructions > A.1. Database Setup

Database Setup

Each lab will have its own instructions for installing specific database scripts, or for configuring connection strings. In this section, I’ll review some general guidelines for database setup, script installation, and connection string formats.

Choosing a Database Engine

You have to make a decision about the database engine to use for samples that rely on a database or that use ASP.NET membership and roles. Your choice of database engine affects how you configure connection strings for labs and samples.

Your options are as follows:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or 2005

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (SQL Express)

If you don’t have access to SQL Server 2000 or 2005, you can download SQL Express from the following location: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/download/.


  

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