Now that we've passed the half way point of 2006, we've decided to tally our top 10 SQL Server downloads according to your visits. From security tools to developer utilities, you'll find a mix of downloads in this top 10. Some are entirely free while others are a limited-time free trial. For more downloads, check out our SQL Server Downloads Library.
#1 - SQLPing
Chip Andrews' SQLPing can be used to discover detailed information about the connectivity of SQL Server 2000 installations without authentication of any kind. Great tool to track down rogue SQL Server 2000 boxes on your networks or on the Internet. This is a free download.
#2 - DDL Archive Utility
William Wunder's DDL Utility is a freeware utility that lets a database programmer create SQL Server 2000 DDL scripts that can be imported into a Microsoft Visual SourceSafe repository.
#3 - myLittleAdmin For SQL Server
myLittleAdmin for SQL Server is a web-based SQL Server and MSDE Database administration tool. It is intended to handle the administration of SQL Server and MSDE databases over the WWW. It allows you to fully manage your databases even when you don't want or cannot use MS Enterprise Manager.
#4 - SQL Backup
Red Gate's SQL Backup creates smaller, safer, faster backups of SQL Server databases. It provides three levels of compression, allowing you to optimize your backup for speed or size, and is available in two editions, Standard and Pro. This is a 14-day free trial.
#5 - PromptSQL
PromptSQL is an add-on application that provides auto-complete functionality as you type for programs used to create SQL statements. It works with QA, UltraEdit32, Visual Studio.NET 2003, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager. This is a 30-day free trial.
#6 - SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is the lightweight version of SQL Server 2005. SQL Server Express is free to download, free to redistribute, and easy for new developers to use immediately.
#7 - TOAD for SQL Server
Quest's TOAD for SQL Server improves the productivity of developers and administrators by providing an easy-to-use database and T-SQL code development environment. This is a 90-day free trial.
#8 - SmartDBA Cockpit
BMC's SmartDBA Cockpit is an interactive database productivity tool that allows data base administrators to manage their enterprise databases from any computer with an Internet browser. This is a 30-day free trial.
#9 - SQLcheck
Idera's SQLcheck investigates, organizes and explains critical diagnostic information about your server's hardware, operating system and SQL Server.
#10 - Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005
The November 2005 Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 offers a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005 upgrades.
This was first published in August 2006