Service Pack requirement for Installing SQL Server 2012

In yesterday’s blog, I wrote What’s new in Installing SQL Server 2012. One of the requirements for installing SQL Server 2012 is the Service Pack 1 for a Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 or Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Today I wanted to show that the SQL Server 2012 RC0 installation does not move forward if that requirement is not met. Below is the message you will see if you try installing 2012 RC0 without the prerequisites..

In order to continue installation you will have to install the required Service Pack 1 or 2 (depends on your OS).

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What’s new in Installing SQL Server 2012

You might be aware about SQL Server 2012, the next version of SQL Server. As always, there are a lot of new enhancements features announced in SQL Server 2012. Covering all of the new features and enhancements in SQL Server 2012 in detail might not be accomplished in a single blog. Hence I have decided to break that down to a series of blogs. So in this blog we shall look at some changes new additions / deprecations which are related to installing SQL Server 2012.

The following are the changes in installation of SQL Server 2012. 

  • Changes in the Editions, (BI Edition introduced and Datacenter Edition discontinued), I’ve already written a blog on this, read it here..
  • Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) is gone, making way to SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
  • Installation of Data Quality Services (DQS) can be done from the SQL Server setup itself.
  • SQL Server failover clustering supports the nodes being in two different subnets, called as SQL Server multi-subnet clustering.
  • SQL Server editions are no more available for Itanium based systems, so if you don’t see I64 directory in the installation software don’t panic.
  • All Operating Systems would need at least SP1 to be installed (Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and R2)
  • All applicable updates can be installed along with the main product, so that your SQL Server product is up to date at the time of installation..

Note: The information in this blog is up to date as of SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 and might change at a later time, visit Microsoft SQL Server official site for more updates.

Updated on 11/20/2011: Read Step by Step Installation of SQL Server 2012 RC 0

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Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 Client

In this blog let us look at the steps involved in installing SQL Server 2008 R2. 

In order to have a smooth installation, restart the PC before beginning the SQL Server client installation. If the pc has a pending reboot, it would throw out a request to reboot in the middle of the installation, at that point you will have to reboot the machine and again restart from this step… 

Start by double clicking the setup.exe in the installation folder of SQL Server 2008 R2. 

You should be seeing a popup window as below. 

In the initial screen, you will find that Planning section is bold (chosen) be default (look in the left side section), click on Installation

Picture below shows the screen when you click on installation. 

 Once you are in the Installation page, look at the first option from the top; New installation or add features to an existing installation. It goes to the next screen (shown below) which does few initial checks before starting the installation. Warnings can be ignored (it may not be mandatory setting). If you find any failures, try to address them (you can know more info by clicking Show details button). Click OK. 

In the next step, you need to enter the Product Key found on your installation media. Click Next to continue.  

In the License Terms screen, select the option against “I accept the license terms”. Click Next. (Image below) 

 In the Setup Support Files step, click Install button. (Image below) 


It would then install a series of support files that are required for the setup to continue installing. 

The above image shows the same screen after the setup support components are installed. Again ensure that you do not have any failures, warnings can be ignored. Continue the installation by clicking Next

In the Setup Role step, choose SQL Server Feature Installation. This option presents the opportunity to choose what components need to be installed, so a custom list of components can be chosen. Click Next to continue. 

In the next screen, do not select anything under Instance Features. Only the Shared Features listed below should be selected. 

  • Client Tools Connectivity
  • Client Tools Backwards Compatibility
  • Client Tools SDK
  • SQL Server Books Online
  • Management Tools – Basic (Including the sub selection of Management Tools – Complete)
  • SQL Client Connectivity SDK
  • Microsoft Sync Framework

Click Next to continue… 

It would perform a check for the installation rules and displays the results as shown below. Note that warnings might not stop the installation and you should be looking to see that there are no failures… 

Click Next to continue… 

The next step displays the disk space information such as how much disk space it needs to install the chosen components and how much disk free space available on the local disk..  

Click Next to continue… 

The next screen asks if you would like to send Error Reports automatically to Microsoft. It is not mandatory and the installation would be able to continue even if the option is unchecked…. 

Click Next to continue… 

In the Installation configuration rules, ensure that there are no failures and click Next to continue.

This is summary step, displaying the features you have chosen to install… Continue to the installation by pressing Install button..

Installation continues depending on the number of components we have chosen and the system configuration where you are performing the installation.

This is the screen that displays that the installation was successful, click on Close button to finish the installation.  

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