Tip: Setting up a Developer Machine w/ Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server

I ran into an issue when setting up a new machine with Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition.

The Management Studio was not installed??? with some digging on the internet there is basically an issue when you install sql express before the developer editon. Express is loaded with Visual Studio.

My solution was to completly remove sql server and visual studio.

For future reference I’m going to get SQL Server installed and patched before loading Visual Studio.

I hope this helps someone in the future (including myself).

Of coarse next is to work on SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2010. let’s hope that goes better!

UPDATE: I think you can also do a custom Install with VS and just not install SQL Express. I’m not going to test that right now though. 🙂