In this article, we will talk about SQL Server Express Edition, its characteristics and limitations, and how you can download it and install it on a new Windows environment, along with installing the latest version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
What is SQL Server Express Edition?
SQL Server Express Edition, is a special, free edition of SQL Server, which is ideal for development and production for desktop, web, and small server applications. However, even free, this edition of SQL Server, has certain limitations.
Some of the main limitations are:
- 1GB maximum RAM used by the SQL Server Database Engine
- Maximum size per relational database is 10 GB
- SQL Agent is not included
- Maximum buffer pool memory per instance, is limited to 1410 MB
- Maximum memory for Columnstore segment cache per instance of SQL Server Database Engine is 352 MB
- Maximum memory-optimized data size per database in SQL Server Database Engine is 352 MB
You can check all the limitations in SQL Server 2019 Express Edition, by comparing all editions of SQL Server 2019, on the following MS Docs article.
Minimum requirements for installing SQL Server 2019 Express Edition
Now, about the minimum requirements for installing SQL Server 2019 Express Edition, the main requirements are:
- Minimum 6 GB of available hard-disk space
- Minimum 512 MB RAM
- Minimum x64 Processor: 1.4 GHz
- Windows 10 TH1 1507 or greater
- Windows Server 2016 or greater
You can learn more about all the requirements for installing SQL Server 2019 Express edition, at the following MS Docs article.
Minimum requirements for installing the latest version of SSMS
About the minimum requirements for installing the latest version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), these are:
- 1.8 GHz or faster x86 processor
- Minimum 2 GB of RAM
- Minimum of 2 GB up to 10 GB of available space
- Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1607 (10.0.14393) or later
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) or a later Windows Server version (64-bit)
For downloading the latest version of SSMS, as well as, for checking the full list of requirements, you can visit the tool’s official web page.
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Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, and a 9 Times Microsoft Data Platform MVP (2009-2018). He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Artemakis is the founder of SQLNetHub and TechHowTos.com. Artemakis is the creator of the well-known software tools Snippets Generator and DBA Security Advisor. Also, he is the author of many eBooks on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA).