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The latest Enterprise Library information can be found at the Enterprise Library site.

For all application blocks except for the Unity Application Block, the Enterprise Library core features, and the configuration tools, the minimum requirements are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista operating system
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or later
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 development system (any of the following editions):
    • Standard Edition
    • Professional Edition
    • Team Edition for Software Developers
    • Team Edition for Software Testers
    • Team Edition for Software Architects
    • Team Suite

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The Unity Application Block is a general-purpose dependency injection mechanism designed for use in applications that run on the .NET Framework 2.0 and later. It is not limited to use only within Enterprise Library. For details of the system requirements and development software requirements for the Unity Application Block, see System Requirements for the Unity Application Block.


To run the Unit Tests, the following is also required:

  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional or Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition. Enterprise Library includes both unit test binaries and source code. You need a version of Visual Studio that supports unit tests. For instructions about how to use the unit tests, see Unit Tests. If you modify the unit test source, you will need to recompile it, which also requires Visual Studio 2008 Professional or Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition.

For the Data Access Application Block, the following is also required:

  • A database server running a database that is supported by a .NET Framework 3.5 data provider. This includes SQL Server 2000 or later, SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition, and Oracle 9i or later. The database server can also run a database that is supported by the .NET Framework 3.5 data providers for OLE DB or ODBC.

For the Logging Application Block, the following is also required:

  • Stores to maintain log messages. If you are using the MsmqTraceListener trace listener to store log messages, you need a message queue. If you are using the DatabaseTraceListener trace listener to store log messages, you need a database server. If you are using the EmailTraceListener trace listener to store log messages, you need an SMTP server.

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