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How do get go about being able to view those performance reports on SQL Server 2005 Express Edition; you know, these things (with the charts and bar graphs):

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  1. What are they called
  2. What do i have to install to access to them
  3. How do i access them?
  4. What are the SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard Reports
  5. How does #4 differ from #1
  6. When would one want to use #4 over #1

In SQL Server 2005 Somethingorother Edition, i right-click the server is "Enterprise Manager", select reports, and browse through them:

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No such context menu option exists in SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.

Note: i try to ask the high-level question of "how to make it work", because the answer can, in turn, trigger a dozen or two other questions. (Microsoft's been good at keeping information about SQL Server secret in recent years)

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As with the other question you asked about Profiler, the issue is you're using SQL Server Management Studio Express Edition, which is a pared down version of SQL Server Management Studio. The ability to run reports is available in the full version of SQL Server Management Studio (with SQL Server 2005 I believe you have to apply SP2 to the client tools). So you'll need to have a full version of SSMS, connect to the Express edition, and run the reports.

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And just to complete the answer: SSMS !Express Edition is not available for download? Also, the other question quotes Microsoft saying the Profiler is available; while saying nothing about these reports. –  Ian Boyd Jul 3 '10 at 21:58
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SQL Server Management Studio Express IS available for download: microsoft.com/downloads/… and the feature you're talking about is only available in the full version of SQL Server Management Studio which must be installed from the SQL Server CD (Standard/Enterprise/Developer/DataCenter, but not Express). These are standard reports provided by MS. However, you can write your own custom reports, hence the reason the menu context has Reports >> Standard or Custom Reports. –  K. Brian Kelley Jul 4 '10 at 6:41

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