We will start using SQL Server by week 3. There are two options: You can install the software, SQL Server Express 2008 is free of any licenses, or you can use the four remote servers that the Help desk is setting up. Most versions of SQL Server 2008 are available free through the MSDNAA Program to students of the iSchool, if you have a machine to run it on.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Management Studio Express is "free" to download. You can use the following instructions (follow them exactly) to install the software on a Windows computer or Windows emulator on a MAC.
Alternative Option: If you choose to
not install the software, there are three SQL servers setup that you can
access remotely from any computer connected to the Internet. These are
shared machines which means only three people can do the labs at one
time. That has not been a problem with past classes because you pick
your lab time 24-7 - but it is a possibility that you could find the
Instructions for remote servers:
INFX 543 - Alternative SQL Server Remote Access Option Instructions.pdf
MAC users note there is no MAC version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services. You will need to have access to a Windows machine. Most newer Macs can run BootCamp to dual-boot between OS X and Windows. Also many Mac users also already own Parallels or Fusion from VMWare. Both of those options allow them to use run these software tools as well.
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