[freetds] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Beta 1

James K. Lowden jklowden at schemamania.org
Wed Jun 30 20:55:24 EDT 2004

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004, danielmorgan at verizon.net> wrote:
> I would like to be able to connect to SQL Server 2005 Express.  
> Unfortunately, they do not allow it to be used outside of their .NET
> 2005 Express IDEs like Visual C# 2005 Express or Visual Basic.NET 2005
> Express.
> SQL Server 20005 Express has replaced MSDE.
> Microsoft has SQL Server 2005 Express Beta 1 for download.
> http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/sql/default.aspx
> Any ideas on how to get it to work externally?

I read about this in the New York times on Monday, I think.  I thought at
the time, "I bet it doesn't accept TDS connections".  Thanks for

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to build on Steve Kirkendall's work on
src/server.  From a brief look at Microsoft's documentation, it seems
you'd need to create what's now called a "Windows Service Application". 
Drop in the FreeTDS server, attach query/result handling to the SS2K5E
API, and you're done.  Just a small matter of programming....

Does that look like a reasonable approach?  


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