Does the LabVIEW DSC Module Install and Require SQL Server?

Updated Aug 23, 2022

Reported In


  • LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module


SQL Server 2008 R2 Express
SQL Server 2012 Express

Issue Details

I have multiple Database Management Systems installed on my PC, and would like to know if the LabVIEW DSC Module installs Microsoft SQL Server along with Citadel.


Microsoft SQL Server Express is installed as part of the LabVIEW DSC Module installation. The SQL database is used to log Alarms and Event data, while Citadel stores streamed test data.
  • LabVIEW DSC 2019 and older uses Microsoft SQL Server Express 2008 R2
  • LabVIEW DSC 2020 uses Microsoft SQL Express 2012

Additional Information

Consult the Monitoring Services topic from the DSC Module Help to learn more about the services required by the DSC Module.

Refer to Knowledge Article Error with mssqlserver Package When Installing DSC 2019 on Windows 10 for compatibility issues.