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System Requirements for SQL Native Client

To access data in SQL Server 2005, you must have the following software installed:

  • SQL Native Client on your client
  • An instance of SQL Server on your server

SQL Native Client requires Windows Installer 3.0. Windows Installer 3.0 is already installed on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2003 SP1. For all other platforms you need to explicitly install it. For more information, see Windows Installer 3.0 Redistributable.

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Make sure you log on with administrator privileges before installing this software.

SQL Native Client requires one of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP1 and higher
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter SP4 and later
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server, Enterprise and Datacenter Server and later

To use SQL Native Client to access data in SQL Server databases, you must have an instance of SQL Server version 7.0 or later installed.

The English-language version of SQL Native Client is supported on all localized versions of supported operating systems. Localized versions of SQL Native Client are supported on localized operating systems that are the same language as the localized SQL Native Client version. Localized versions of SQL Native Client are also supported on English-language versions of supported operating systems as long as the matching language settings are installed.

For upgrades:

  • English-language versions of SQL Native Client can be upgraded to any localized version of SQL Native Client.
  • Localized versions of SQL Native Client can be upgraded to localized versions of SQL Native Client of the same language.
  • Localized version of SQL Native Client can be upgraded to the English-language version of SQL Native Client."
  • Localized versions of SQL Native Client cannot be upgraded to localized SQL Native Client versions of a different localized language.

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