You'll need the following hardware and software to complete the exercises in this book:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, or Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4. (Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server is not supported.)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard or Professional Edition, including SQL Server 2005 Express.
766 MHz Pentium or compatible processor (1.5 GHz Pentium recommended).
256 MB RAM (512 MB or more recommended).
Video monitor (800 × 600 or higher resolution) with at least 256 colors (1024 × 768 High Color 16-bit recommended).
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
You will also need to have Administrator access to your computer to configure SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and to modify the Windows Registry in Chapter 28, “Creating and Using a Web Service.”
This book was reviewed and tested against the August 2005 Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Visual Studio 2005. The August CTP was the last preview before the final release of Visual Studio 2005. This book is expected to be fully compatible with the final release of Visual Studio 2005. If there are any changes or corrections for this book, they will be collected and added to a Microsoft Knowledge Base article. See the “Support for this Book” section in this Introduction for more information.