ThinApp allows you to virtualise applications (or in your case: services) no longer requiring you to natively install them on a target system. Although it is possible to technically virtualise SQL server, you will never be able to run 2 versions nect to each other on the same machine. This is already a limitation based on the ports claimed to communicate.
Furthermore you will have to check if this is a desired way of using it. As a developer myself i had much better (stability/performancewise) results with running the server in a virtual system. With a thinapped version you will have to think about how you want to manage the databases, as you don't want them in your sandbox (they might grow huge, especially the log files).
On the other hands i have great experiences virtualising the applications using the server to be able to deploy them without having to install the clients and create the database connections on each client system available.
My tip would be: Download VMware server/ESXi or use VMware Workstation and install on a (minimal) system.
Michael Baars (CIS)
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