I've just installed SQL Server 2008 R2 Express for local development, and it's flooding the Application Event Log with a seemingly endless barrage of trivia and drivel ("SQL Server is now ready for client connections. This is an informational message; no user action is required.").
MSSQL$SQLEXPRESS has pushed over 157 of these kind of messages into my event log in the past ten minutes and I'm getting a little tired of them overpowering the events that actually have something important they need to tell me.
Is there any way to turn off this firehose? Or at least slow it down to the point where SQL Server is only telling me about things I really need to know about instead of "starting up database 'tempdb'"?