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Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeffrey Hicks

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14.2. Setting up your environment

First, you need to get your test environment set up properly. The techniques we’re going to show you will work across any database platform for which you have .NET Framework–compatible or ODBC database drivers, but it’s up to you to get those and install them. To keep things simple, we’re going to work with SQL Server Express, which is a free edition of SQL Server that you can download from Microsoft. There are a variety of versions available; be sure to obtain one that’s compatible with your version of the Windows operating system. Also, it’s often distributed in an Express with Management Tools package, which is the one you want. The management tools provide a simple GUI that you can use to set up a test database. ...

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