After digging around for a customer to update their ms-sql server for an application, I had to find out the version they were using first.
Not having the Visual studio tools installed, there’s a cmdline tool that can do this.
As an authorative user, such as Administrator, in this case, I had to go to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn>
(you can already see the ‘100’ that says something about the version, it can be something else, like 80, 90, etc)
SQLCMD -S server\instance
Where server is your server and instance the instance you want to connect to
You can also do
to see a list.
Then, at >1 you can type a command, at >2 type ‘go’ to execute it.
1> select @@version 2> go
That gives something like this:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (SP1) – 10.50.2500.0 (Intel X86)
Jun 17 2011 00:57:23
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation
Express Edition on Windows NT 6.2 <X64> (Build 9200: ) (WOW64) (Hypervisor)
1> select serverproperty('EditionID') 2> go
- -1253826760 = Desktop
- -1592396055 = Express
- -1534726760 = Standard
- 1333529388 = Workgroup
- 1804890536 = Enterprise
- -323382091 = Personal
- -2117995310 = Developer
- 610778273 = Enterprise Evaluation
- 1044790755 = Windows Embedded SQL
- 4161255391 = Express with Advanced Services
1> select serverproperty('Edition') 2> go
Which in my case said “Express Edition”
Hope this helps you!