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SQL 2005 Express Edition Media Preparation

Before FineBuild can be used, the install media must be prepared. This section explains what needs to be done.


The install media preparation includes downloading the items below. Ensure you comply with your site standards regarding downloading, virus checking and licensing of this software.

SQL Server 2005 can only be installed on Windows XP or Windows 2003 through to Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2. It can not be installed on Windows 8 or Windows 2012 or above.

Mandatory Items SQL Server Install Media
Pre-Rrequisite media
Optional Items Upgrades to SQL Install Media
SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates
Microsoft and Community Components

FineBuild works with all variations of Express Edition, but the recommended variation is Express Edition with Advanced Services. SQL FineBuild will automatically detect which Express Edition install file you are using from the list below:

Express Variation Download
SQL Express with Advanced Services 32-bit SQLEXPR_ADV.EXE
Basic SQL Express 32-bit SQLEXPR.EXE

When the preparation is complete, the install media will contain the folders shown below, but you can also use SQL Media Alternative Folder Names.

Folder Description
SQL Install Top-level folder containing all SQL Server install media
Additional Components Additional Microsoft and community components used in this build
SQL2005 Folder to contain all SQL Server 2005 install media
FineBuild Install scripts. These are described in FineBuild Components Inventory
Service Packs Service Pack and Hotfix install media
SQL2005_Exp_X86 SQL Server install media from Microsoft

SQL 2005 Express Media Folders.png

Install Media Preparation Example

The procedure for preparing the install media for 32-bit Express Edition is described below. A similar process is used for preparing the 64-bit Express Edition media.

The download locations given below were correct as of 17 August 2016, but they may change if new versions of these components are released or non-English versions are downloaded. The file names given in the SQL2005Config.xml configuration file for these components should be updated if the file name of a component has changed. Products that have national language support for at least one non-English language are shown by a NLS value of Y.

Mandatory Items

The following items must be completed before FineBuild can be used.

SQL Server Install Media

This section prepares the SQL install media for use by FineBuild.

1) Create a folder on a Network Drive. This can be called SQL Install or any other name you prefer.

2) Create a sub-folder called SQL2005

3) Copy the FineBuild folder into the SQL2005 folder

4) Create a sub-folder of SQL2005 called SQL2005_Exp_X86

5) Copy the SQL Server 2005 Express installation file into the SQL2005_Exp_X86 folder

Pre-Rrequisite media

The following items are required in order to allow the SQL Server install to run

1) Create a sub-folder of SQL Install called Additional Components
  • This folder is used to hold all additional install media. For some components, you will be told to put the media into a sub-folder of Additional Components.
  • The same Additional Components folder can be used for all versions of FineBuild.
2) Download the following mandatory routines into the Additional Components folder

Component Download Location NLS
Windows 2003 Permissions fix See Install Windows 2003 KB933789 N

3) It is recommended that the version of NTRIGHTS.EXE and REG.EXE supplied with FineBuild are replaced by versions from a trusted source. See Setup Utilities for details.

Optional Items

The following items are optional. If you do not want a given component then do not download it.

Upgrades to SQL Install Media

FineBuild can optionally upgrade various components supplied in the SQL install media to more recent versions. If you want to take advantage of this, then download the components listed below.

1) Download the follolwing recommended updates to the SQL Server install media

Component Download Location NLS
Windows Installer 4.5 See Install Windows Installer 4.5 N
.Net 3.5 See Install .Net 3.5 Y
.Net 4.0 See Install .Net 4.0 Y
Powershell V2 See Install PowerShell V2 N

2) If you Install .Net 4.0 on Windows 2003, you must also Install KB925336.

SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates

FineBuild can optionally include SQL Server Service Packs and Cumulative Updates in the SQL install process.

1) Create a sub-folder of SQL2005 called Service Packs

2) Download the required Service Pack for SQL Server 2005

The Service Pack must be placed in a sub-folder of the \Service Packs folder, as shown in the table below. All Service Packs are cumulative, so if you want to install Service Pack 4 you do not need to also install the previous Service Packs.

Component Sub Folder Download Location NLS
SQL 2005 SP4 SP4 KB2463332 Y
SQL 2005 SP3 SP3 KB955706 Y
SQL 2005 SP2 SP2 KB921896 Y
SQL 2005 SP1 SP1 FineBuild does not support installing SQL 2005 SP1 Y

For more details see Install SQL Service Pack.

3) Special items for SQL 2005 SP4

If you download SQL 2005 SP4, it is recommended that you also download the fix below into the Service Packs\SP4 folder. This is known within FineBuild as CU5 for SP4, and is the most recent publicly available fix for SQL Server 2005.

Component Download Location NLS
SP4 Security Fix KB 2716427 Y

If the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) component is included in the SQL 2005 install and you also install SP4, then you must also Install Visual Studio 2005 SP1.

Microsoft and Community Components

FineBuild can optionally include various Microsoft and Community components in the SQL install process.

1) Download the following Microsoft and Community components into the Additional Components folder. If you do not want a given component then do not download it.

It is suggested that where any of the Community components are used, a donation is made to the author of the component

Component Download Location NLS
Baseline Configuration Analyzer See Install Baseline Configuration Analyzer N
BOL Update Jan 2009 See Install SQL Books Online update Y
Java DBC Driver See Install Java DBC Driver Y
Plan Explorer See Install Plan Explorer N
Plan Explorer SSMS Addin See Install Plan Explorer SSMS Addin N
Report Viewer Component See Install Report Viewer N
RML Utilities See Install RML Utilities N
SQL Internals Viewer See Install SQL Internals Viewer N
SQL Nexus See Install SQL Nexus N
SQL Performance Dashboard See Install SQL Performance Dashboard N
SQL Server Best Practice Analyzer See Install SQL Best Practice Analyzer N
Sumatra PDF viewer See Install PDF Reader Y
System Views Map See Install System Views Map N
Taskpad View custom report See Install Taskpad View Report N
Visual Studio 2005 SP1 See Install Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Y
VS 2005 SP1 fix for Windows 2008 and above See Install Windows 2008 KB932232 Y
Windows Access Based Enumeration See Install Access Based Enumeration N
Windows Process Explorer See Install Process Explorer N
Windows Process Monitor See Install Process Monitor N
XML Notepad 2007 See Install XML Notepad N
ZoomIt See Install ZoomIt N

2) The SQL 2005 Express Edition install media is now ready for use.

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Last edited Aug 24, 2016 at 5:22 PM by EdVassie, version 24