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Unattended installation of SQL Server 2005 Express

To continue on with the theme of unattended installation-related posts lately, what if you want to install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition in unattended mode? SQL Server 2000 had the ability to save the installation into a file called setup.iss – how nice of Microsoft to remove this feature from SQL Server 2005 … however, let’s get rolling.

This post has been removed in favour of pushing readers towards installing SQL Server 2008 Express instead of SQL Server 2005 Express.

The benefits of using the 2008 version over 2005 are too numerous to list here and an article has been published on Digital Formula that goes into detail on how to perform an unattended installation of SQL Server 2008 Express. Please click the preceding link for full information.