Windows Web Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005

If you haven't heard, the new Web SKU is a special, low-priced version of Windows that is focused exclusively on Internet-based Web serving. We've added a lot of new features and support for hardware compared to the old Windows 2003 Web edition. For more details about the SKU, check out Bill Staples' blog post at

One thing to note is if you want SQL Server 2005 on Web SKU. The installer blocks on Windows Web Server 2008 but we are providing a patch that will allow you to proceed with the installation. Before attempting to install SQL Server 2005, please download and install the patch from the Download Center page found at: SQL Server 2005 Installer Hotfix for Windows Web Server 2008 x86/x64.

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