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Posted - 02/11/2013 :  07:21:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am creating an application which requires installation of sql server express 2005 or 2008 to work. So my application should check whether sql server is already installed on my customer PC and if it is not installed then i have to install it through my application. So how can i check sql server is installed or not in their PC?

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Posted - 02/11/2013 :  07:45:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If your front-end is C#, then refer below link

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Posted - 02/11/2013 :  08:52:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another alternative would be to use the ServiceController class - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.serviceprocess.servicecontroller.aspx

It will let you check if the service is installed, and whether it is started, and if not started you will be able to start it using the methods in this class.

As for installing the SQL Express, the user will need to respond to the SQL installer dialogs and accept the license agreement. So you would need to have the user interact with the installation - it cannot be an unattended install process.
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Posted - 02/12/2013 :  01:47:17  Show Profile  Visit jackv's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You could use Powershell remote registry serach - http://www.sqlserver-dba.com/2012/06/list-sql-server-instances-with-powershell-remote-registry-search.html

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