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Free Download SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition: A Powerful and Reliable Data Platform


How to Download and Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for Free




SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition is a database management system that can help you store, manage, and analyze your data. It supports various features, such as data compression, backup compression, policy-based management, transparent data encryption, and more.


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If you want to try SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free, you can download a pre-configured virtual hard disk (VHD) file from Microsoft that contains Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition. You can use this VHD file to evaluate SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for 180 days.


In this article, we will show you how to download and install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free using the VHD file.


What do you need to download and install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free?




To download and install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free using the VHD file, you need the following:


  • A PC that meets the system requirements for SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You can check the system requirements here and here.



  • A reliable internet connection to download the VHD file.



  • A software that can extract the VHD file from the compressed files. You can use WinRAR or any other software that supports .rar files.



  • A software that can run the VHD file as a virtual machine. You can use Hyper-V or any other software that supports .vhd files.



  • A valid product key for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You can use the trial product key that is provided by Microsoft here.



How to download SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free?




To download SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free using the VHD file, you need to follow these steps:


  • Visit the official website of Microsoft and click on the "Download" button.



  • Enter your email address and click on "Continue". You will receive a link to download the VHD file.



  • Click on the link and choose a location to save the compressed files. The files are named TD03WS08SFR2SP1x64_SQL08.part01.exe to TD03WS08SFR2SP1x64_SQL08.part06.rar.



  • Wait for the download to finish. It may take several hours depending on your internet speed. The total size of the files is about 5.7 GB.



How to install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free?




To install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free using the VHD file, you need to follow these steps:


  • Run the first compressed file (TD03WS08SFR2SP1x64_SQL08.part01.exe) and extract the VHD file (TD03WS08SFR2SP1x64_SQL08.vhd) to a location of your choice.



  • Run your virtual machine software and create a new virtual machine using the VHD file as the hard disk.



  • Start the virtual machine and follow the instructions to activate Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 using the trial product key that is provided by Microsoft here.



  • Login to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and launch SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition from the start menu or desktop icon.



  • Enjoy using SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free for 180 days.



Conclusion




SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition is a database management system that can help you store, manage, and analyze your data.


You can download and install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for free using the VHD file that is provided by Microsoft. You can use this VHD file to evaluate SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for 180 days. ad790ac5ba


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