SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition System Requirements

The following system requirements cover SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition on 32-bit platform.

Workgroup Edition System Requirements




600-megahertz (MHz) Pentium III-compatible or faster processor; 1-gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor recommended

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack (SP) 4 or later; Windows 2000 Professional Edition with SP 4 or later; Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later; Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, or Datacenter Edition with Service Pack 1 or later; Windows Small Business Server 2003 with SP 1 or later


512 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more; 1 gigabyte (GB) or more recommended

Hard Disk

  • Approximately 350 MB of available hard-disk space for the recommended installation

  • Approximately 425 MB of additional available hard-disk space for SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server Mobile Books Online, and sample databases


CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive


Super VGA (1,024x768) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

Other Devices

Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Other Requirements

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later

  • For Reporting Services, you need Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 or later, and ASP.NET 2.0 or later

To review complete system requirements, visit the SQL Server 2005 System Requirements page.


  • SQL Server 2005 does not support the Banyan VINES Sequenced Packet protocol (SPP), Multiprotocol, AppleTalk, or NWLink IPX/SPX network protocols. Clients previously connecting with these protocols must select a different protocol to connect to SQL Server 2005.

  • SQL Server 2005 software works on hardware certified for use with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

  • Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required.

  • SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition will also run on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit x64 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition with Service Pack 1 or later running in Windows on Windows.