Different versions of Microsoft SQL Server have different .NET Framework versions as a prerequisite for setup, and the procedure to install the .Net Framework may be different on different operating systems. Also, the .NET Framework requirements vary based on the edition of SQL Server that you are installing. This article describes these requirements and gives you the necessary information so that you can install the correct .Net Framework that is required.
How to use this document
Use Table 1 in the "Microsoft .NET Framework prerequisites for SQL Server" section to check the .NET Framework requirements for the version and the edition that you are installing.
Check whether the .NET Framework is already included as part of the operating system or whether you must download it separately from Microsoft downloads that are listed in Table 2 in the ".NET Frameworks for SQL Server on various operating systems and download links" section.
Use the last column in Table 2 to check whether any special procedures are required to install the Framework on the target operating system. If the entry is Yes, check the later sections of this document for the necessary procedures. If the entry is No, you can download the corresponding Framework from the corresponding link in Table 2 and install it on the target operating system.
Microsoft .NET Framework prerequisites for SQL Server
The following table summarizes the .NET Framework version requirements for various versions and Editions of SQL Server and explains whether the product is included with setup media and whether it is installed as part of setup.
SQL version or Edition
.NET Framework version
Included with the product?
Installed as part of setup?
SQL Server 2005 (all Editions)
SQL Server 2008 express (core)
SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2003, (64-bit), IA-64
.NET Frameworks for SQL Server on various operating systems and download links
The following table indicates whether the .NET Framework that is required for the SQL Edition and version that you are installing is included as part of the target operating system. The table also indicates whether any additional steps are required to install or enable the Framework on the corresponding operating system. And, the table provides a download link for the corresponding .NET Framework redistributable files.
Included with operating system
Default with operating systems
Installed with Visual Studio .NET
Redist or download link
Are special procedures required to install redist?
How to install or enable .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 for SQL Server 2008
In Windows Server 2008 R2, the .NET Framework is a feature, and installing it is different than previous versions of the Windows operating system. The following procedure explains how to verify that the .NET Framework 3.5.1 is installed. The procedure also explains how to determine whether the .NET Framework is not installed and how you can add it in these environments.
How to determine whether the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is installed:
To determine whether the .NET Framework 3.5.1 is installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
Click Features to display all the installed features in the pane on the right side.
Verify that .NET Framework 3.5.1 is listed as an installed feature.
If .NET Framework 3.5.1 is not listed as an installed feature, use one of the following methods to install it.
Method 1: Use Server Manager
In Server Manager, click Add Features todisplay a list of possible features.
In the Select Features interface, expand the .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features entry.
After you expand .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features, you see two check boxes. One check box is for .NET Framework 3.5.1 and other check box is for WCF Activation. Click to selet the check box next to .NET Framework 3.5.1, and then click Next. Note If you do not expand the .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features item and check it, the following Add Features Wizard is started:
If the wizard starts, click Cancel, expand .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features, and then click to select the .NET Framework 3.5.1 check box.
You cannot install .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features unless the required role services and features are also installed.
In the Confirm Installation Selections , review the selections, and then click Install.
Let the installation process complete, and then click Close.
Method 2: Use Windows PowerShell
Click the Start, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
Expand Windows PowerShell, right-click Windows PowerShell, and click Run as administrator. Click Yes in the User Account Control box.
At the PowerShell command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
Note See the following screen shot for more information:
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