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SQL Server Developer Edition 2012

by Microsoft
Windows 7 / Vista
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews) 36 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Not licensed for production use. Licensed for development and testing only
  • Build and validate applications running on SQL Server 2012.
  • Test enhanced availability, performance and security features, and business intelligence capabilities.
  • Demonstrate to customers and stakeholders before putting solution into production.
  • Investigate performance and manageability by running software on multiple systems.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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SQL Server Developer Edition 2012 + Microsoft Visual Studio Pro 2012
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Item model number: E32-00970
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Data Management and Business Intelligence Software Inclusive of SQL Server 2012 Enterprise features but licensed for development, testing, and demonstration use only.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best things Microsoft has done! March 11, 2013
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Oftentimes my readers and students in my class think they need to suffer though the SQL express edition as their low cost learning tool. Later they later discover they want to run the cool labs and practices to get really good and ready for the workplace. At this point part of you might wish for SQL Enterprise so you can do everything! But who has $16,000 for that full SQL 2012 enterprise edition?

Think of SQL 2012 Developer as SQL Enterprise for student prices. What a deal!!! On your stand-alone machine it does EVERYTHING the $16,000 version does for just $50. It all works in all features so practice away!! Can this be true? Well I read the entire EULA and if you promise not to install in a business production environment then Microsoft is basically giving you the $16,000 version for about $50. Bravo! I recommend this to all my students and readers as the way to go for learning SQL.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value May 19, 2012
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If you are using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or wish to explore that option, this is a good place to start. This is the same software that installs for the Enterprise product, but the price is a pittance.

As opposed to SQL Server 2012 Express, the regular product supports multiple processors and unlimited database size ... as well as multiple servers in a Failover configuration. So while you could get a feel for SQL Server 2012 by using Express to begin with, when it comes time to actually test final performance, you'll need this product in your test environment.

Be prepared that installation of this software is not the "click next" experience that most software installations are. You need to have learned something about the installation before you start it, and from multiple sources. One book I initially followed on SQL Server installation steered me completely the wrong way on setting up security, and using their method I was unable to successfuly configure a connection string to use SQL Server databases with ASP. (Hint: Use mixed security and set up a separate user from within SQL Server to solve that issue).

The tools that are part of SQL Server Management Console (SSMC) are powerful and surprisingly simple to use. The import utilities get other databases (including Access) into SQL Server quickly and painlessly.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right price, for an awesome product June 3, 2012
By Jose
There is not much to say (bad or good) about this particular product. It's not a movie, is not a book, is a Microsoft's software. If you are reading this, is because you have a brief idea of what you can do (or not) with MS-SQL. But in terms of price vs features, this is a 5 stars product.

I'm a former MS-SQL dba for Hewlett Packard, biggest IT company in the world. As a professional DBA, I know how important full version products are, even more important if you are a developer. I never had to worry about paying for Microsoft products as we have an agreement with them, but now that I am no longer part of the company, I need to continue studying and learning my stuff without making a hole on my wallet.

This particular version allows you to test and have everything you can get on the Enterprise version of the same product. The main difference? The price and license. Instead of thousands of dollars, you pay 50 bucks. And instead of being able to deploy on production, this version is only for testing. So, it's an awesome deal.

I won't make comments about Denali features. I'm a professional MS-SQL dba, I love it! ;-) ... but if this is the right database engine for you or not, that's a separate conversation. I know of some app. that will benefit of MySQL or Oracle and I know some app. that work even better with MS-SQL.

These are the MS-SQL 2012 req. Check this 1st before buying:

-.Net Framework 4.0
-Windows Powershell 2.0
-.Net 3.5 with SP1

1GB RAM (for the SQL instance only) is recommended, but I have a Virtual Machine running with 500MB. I assigned 2GB for the virtual machine Operating System itself. My host has 8GB of physical RAM, running on a Mac Mini. My virtualization software is parallels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this for the SQL Server exam prep I am studying. Would recommend to those who work with SQL Server on a regular basis, and those who are studying for their certification MCSA or MCSE in SQL Server 2012.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice upgrade February 12, 2013
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The upgrade went smoothly. No problems and I like that there are no dramatic changes to the UI. If you are comfortable with 2005 or 2008, 2012 will be easy to upgrade and use. 2012 has some nice new features that I am learning, but the UI is similar to 2008. It is worth the upgrade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ITdownloaded correctly January 16, 2013
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It downloaded very slow, I had to downloaded twice, but and the end it worked beautifully. The feature I have tested worked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save a few bucks and get it faster October 27, 2013
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As a Microsoft Partner I can get this through them, but it would cost more and they would not ship it for free for two days. This is the DVD developer version so it cannot be used to run a business, it's for development use only... limited users.

Thanks Amazon for getting it to fast and cheap like everything else!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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For the price you pay and for the work you learn, it is worth ...

Pre-check the requirements and licensing details (usage policy).
Mostly for Virtual PCs, check the RAM requirements too ...

Microsoft has given a good opportunity to fully install all components and do full development. Very useful for developers and development.

Worth every penny!

Minor Note:
1) Microsoft Store (as of Aug 1, 2012) says that it is DVD, not sure why Amazon says as CD-ROM in the page.
It has to be DVD ;-), as it is more than few GB install files ...

2) The only difference between Developer Edition and Enterprise Edition would be that Enterprise Edition can be used for production purposes, whereas Developer Edition is only able to be used for development purposes.

Waiting for the delivery ...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition rocks!
MS SQL Server 2012 provides unparalleled platform for all your database development needs. Price was extremely affordable with super fast delivery. Highly recommend this product.
Published 9 days ago by shakil ahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
It arrived quickly, the next day, and it installed smoothly. I had 2008 before and this version has lots more goodies included, can't wait to use it to its full potential.
Published 12 days ago by rcba
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I knew about it before!
It's so cheap, plus I get to learn about SSAS, and use shared data sources in SSRS :) Wish they had something similar for Sharepoint though.
Published 15 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat the price
I need this for training for work. This is the whole deal, at a dirt cheap price, so I can play around and learn. Thanks Microsoft for a sensible pricing strategy.
Published 19 days ago by Nemo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service
Wanted to rate it as a 3 because no installation instructions, however calling a number I found online I was able to get assistance with installing it on my computer, so I'm rating... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Rather Be Writing
5.0 out of 5 stars Database training at rock bottom pricing
Commercial Databases can run from 30 - 50 thousand dollars for a single installation. That's far beyond my price range just to try out some new features of the latest databases. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin T. Wernick
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably what you're looking for
If you're in the market to purchse SQL Server Developer Edition, you probably already know all about it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
thanks is great value, have done what it says.
is a good, good team and I'm using.
recommend this product
Published 3 months ago by OSWALDO ANTONIO ESCRICH MERINO
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great but sadly no digital key or download.
It's reasonably priced and let's me toy with all the enterprise features I may need. No digital download, you must wait for the physical disc.
Published 3 months ago by mrbungess
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kept secret I know of...
If you want to learn SQL Server and BI...then this is the best $50.00 you'll ever spend. If you know nothing about SQL Server then it's best to back yourself up with a how-to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt Hughes
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