Well the title says it all …
I downloaded the latest bits of SQLEXPRESS (formerly known as Beta 3) and no matter what I do, it won’t install on Windows Server 2003 Standard. I tried it on a freshly installed Server with and without SP1. No luck. Maybe it doesn’t like that it’s a German version or it doesn’t like to be installed to drive D:, I don’t know.
At the end I always get the error: “Can’t start the MSSQLSERVER service” and it rolls everything back. Somehow it is missing a dependent service, but there is none listed under “Services” in Control Panel, sigh.
Visual C# Express Beta2 installed OK, but it’s only half the fun without SQLExpress.