SQL Server Express Command – line installation (just a link to the good stuff)

We developers are all a little bit lazy, time conscious, we don’t like to perform the same installation/upgrade over and over on 30+ remote machines.
It is Friday, and even though I added this link to my bookmarks already, I know it will take me a few minutes to find on Monday… yes, my bookmarks are that messy.
I need to create a cmd install batch that will

  1. Upgrade the local MSDE instance to SQL Express 2005
  2. Use Advance features during the installation as I’m not creating a new instance but upgrading the default one.
  3. Add the replication components that will be needed for the merge replication
  4. Add the client components in case I need to connect remotely to that rebel local instance :-p
  5. Add the Connectivity components that will install the SMO and RMO (Server Management Objects and Replication Management Objects). I’m using both namespaces to trigger/manage replication from this .NET smartie client.

My cheat sheet is here:

Command-line installation

It doesn’t seem too complicated, let’s wait for Monday to see how it goes. Now I’m still working on my RMO code. We had Replication pretty much working with the a Replication ActiveX component for MSDE but this component is deprecated for 2005.

Have a nice weekend!

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