Barbara Darrow at CRN reports on Another Vista Wrinkle: Latest Database Required:
When the Windows Vista client finally ships, VARs will have to make sure database customers are running the latest-and-greatest SQL Server bits as well.
Late last month, Microsoft posted FAQs and information on database requirements for Vista on its site, but the information may have been lost in the summer doldrums. While this wasn’t exactly a state secret, many in the database community were caught unaware. The latest newsletter from the SQL Server Worldwide Users Group (SSWUG) touted the news this week.
Of particular concern is the fact that there will be no support of the older Microsoft Desktop Engine (MSDE), a small, embeddable version of older SQL Server releases. Many customers may have MSDE running and not even know it.
Indeed. It gets installed by a variety of application software like Microsoft’s Small Business Accounting 2006 which shipped last September.
In addition to the above Microsoft link, also see Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 (including MSDE) on Windows Vista FAQ, but the net is that MSDE users are out of luck on a Vista upgrade unless your software vendor has a fix because SQL Server Express and MSDE aren’t necessarily compatible. Also note that MSDE may well run on Vista, but that the Microsoft position is that it will not be supported.