Software Architecture – How to Install Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition with Installer Project and deploy database backup

Development Note

Problem definition:
SQL Server Express Edition needs to be installed with Visual studio .Net installer project, so that silent installation of SQL Server Express edition can be performed.

Solution Points:
• Create a new Setup and Deployment project
• Put all the files extracted from SQL Server Express Edition exe in application folder of installer.
• Add Backup file to be restored.
• Check in code project sample,there will be code to check IsDone and IsRestart, left both of this checking as it is, since it is the condition that Installation class left for us to tell the main Startup Form what to do, whether to close the application or to show the form.
• When you first run your application, it checks if the database instance exists, if not it will install the database instance, and restore the backup database to the new database instance.

References:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb264562(SQL.90).aspx
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/applications/NET_Installer_With_SQLEXP.aspx
http://www.primordialcode.com/blog/post/install-sql-server-express-with-your-application

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: