SQL Server 2008 Requirements

The minimum RAM required to run SQL Server is 512MB, with 1GB recommended if you are planning to use SQL Server to handle larger workloads. For disk space, you need 290MB. Disk space is cheap. Even if you are installing SQL Server on a desktop machine, you probably have at least a few gigabytes free. If you are concerned that you don’t have 290MB free to install just the database engine, you probably have some other problems to deal with first. The exact space requirements depend on what you install. SQL Server Books Online does a great job at enumerating specifically what each component takes as far as disk space is concerned, in an article appropriately titled “Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2008.” (SQL Server Books Online is available online from http://msdn.microsoft.com.)

SQL Server 2008 works on almost all flavors of Windows: XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. But do watch out for the service pack requirements. As an example, the February Community Technology Preview (CTP) release requires Service Pack 2 if you are running SQL Server on Windows Server 2003. If your organization takes a while to move to service packs, you may want to factor this into your deployment schedule.

Source of Information : Apress Accelerated SQL Server 2008


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