MS SQL Server - Installation

SQL Server supports two types of installation −

  • Standalone
  • Cluster based


  • Check RDP access for the server.
  • Check OS bit, IP, domain of server.
  • Check if your account is in admin group to run setup.exe file.
  • Software location.


  • Which version, edition, SP and hotfix if any.
  • Service accounts for database engine, agent, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, if any.
  • Named instance name if any.
  • Location for binaries, system, user databases.
  • Authentication mode.
  • Collation setting.
  • List of features.

Pre-requisites for 2005

  • Setup support files.
  • .net framework 2.0.
  • SQL Server native client.

Pre-requisites for 2008&2008R2

  • Setup support files.
  • .net framework 3.5 SP1.
  • SQL Server native client.
  • Windows installer 4.5/later version.

Pre-requisites for 2012&2014

  • Setup support files.
  • .net framework 4.0.
  • SQL Server native client.
  • Windows installer 4.5/later version.
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0.

Installation Steps

Step 1 − Download the Evaluation Edition from

Once the software is downloaded, the following files will be available based on your download (32 or 64 bit) option.








Note − X86 (32 bit) and X64 (64 bit)

Step 2 − Double-click the “SQLFULL_x86_ENU_Install.exe” or “SQLFULL_x64_ENU_Install.exe”, it will extract the required files for installation in the“SQLFULL_x86_ENU” or “SQLFULL_x86_ENU” folder respectively.

Step 3 − Click the “SQLFULL_x86_ENU” or “SQLFULL_x64_ENU_Install.exe” folder and double-click “SETUP” application.

For understanding, here we have used SQLFULL_x64_ENU_Install.exe software.

Step 4 − Once we click on 'setup' application, the following screen will open.


Step 5 − Click Installation which is on the left side of the above screen.


Step 6 − Click the first option of the right side seen on the above screen. The following screen will open.

Support Rules

Step 7 − Click OK and the following screen pops up.

Setup Rules

Step 8 − Click Next to get the following screen.

Product Key

Step 9 − Make sure to check the product key selection and click Next.

License Terms

Step 10 − Select the checkbox to accept the license option and click Next.

Setup role

Step 11 − Select SQL Server feature installation option and click Next.

Feature Selection

Step 12 − Select Database engine services checkbox and click Next.

Instance Configuration

Step 13 − Enter the named instance (here I used TestInstance) and click Next.

Disk Space

Step 14 − Click Next on the above screen and the following screen appears.

Server Configuration

Step 15 − Select service account names and start-up types for the above listed services and click Collation.


Step 16 − Make sure the correct collation selection is checked and click Next.

Database Engine

Step 17 − Make sure authentication mode selection and administrators are checked and click Data Directories.

Database Configuration

Step 18 − Make sure to select the above directory locations and click Next. The following screen appears.

Error Reporting

Step 19 − Click Next on the above screen.

Installation Configuration

Step 20 − Click Next on the above screen to the get the following screen.

Ready To Install

Step 21 − Make sure to check the above selection correctly and click Install.


Installation is successful as shown in the above screen. Click Close to finish.