Downloading and Installing SQL Server 2016 Express Edition
If you’re trying to install SQL Server 2016 express, you’ll need to make sure you’ve taken a few important steps first. SQL Server express requires .NET Framework 4.6 be installed. You can check before installing SQL Server, but luckily, SQL Server 2016 express will automatically check and install it if needed. Additionally, if you are running Windows Server 2012 R2, windows update KB2919355 is required before installing the SQL framework.
- First, Download the executable from the Microsoft site:
- Next, you’ll need to choose your installation type. For now, we’ll choose “Basic“, but if you have custom options or location you’d like to set, you can skip ahead to the next section where we’ll cover installing SQL Server 2016 express using custom parameters.
- After selecting your installation type, you’ll need to Accept the license agreement.
- From there, you’ll need to choose a new install location, or if you’re fine with the default location, you can simply click Install.
- Complete! From here you can Connect to the server immediately, Customize the installation, or Install SQL Server Management Studio.
Installing SQL Server 2016 Express with Custom Parameters
Sometimes, the basic installation option doesn’t fit your specific needs. If you’d like to set install locations, install or remove certain features, or confirm the pre-check tests, instead of choosing “Basic” when prompted on the installation type screen, choose “Custom“.
- First, you’ll need to select the download location for the installer and click Install.
- After the download is complete, you will be directed to the Server Installation Center. From here you have several options. To start, select the option labelled New SQL Server stand-alone installation.
- Accept the license agreement and select Next.
- The next screen will attempt to diagnose any potential issues that may occur during installation. If any of the rules fail, they can be resolved here by clicking on the link under the status column of any failed rules. Afterwards, select Re-run to attempt the test again. Once all of the entries in the Status column show ‘Passed’, select Next at the bottom of the screen.
- The next screen gives you the option to turn Automatic Updates on to monitor your SQL Server instance and download updates as needed. If you’d like to use this, select the checkbox marked “Use Microsoft Update” and select Next.
- Here, the SQL Server will attempt to check again for any more issues you will need to be aware of related to your installation. Resolve any failed issues using the same method as before and hit Re-run. Once all tests have passed, select Next.
- On the Feature Selection screen, you are given options to choose the features and installation directories you prefer. You can see descriptions of each feature and required prerequisites in the top right of the window. If you don’t have any preferences, you can use the default settings and select Next.
- After selecting your desired features, SQL will attempt to check it’s rules again, this time focusing on your recently selected features. These tests should pass automatically. If there is a failed test, you can resolve it by clicking the link and following the instructions, same as before. After all tests have passed, select Next.
- The next screen will prompt you to choose a name and ID for your server instance. You may also choose to leave it default. Afterwards, select Next.
- On the Server Configuration screen, you’ll be given options to configure windows service accounts that SQL will be using to run the instance. You can leave this default unless you want to specify a different account. When you’re done, select Next.
- Next, you’ll be given the option to specify administrators for your SQL instance. Either use the default Windows Administrator account or you can select Mixed Mode and specify a password for the system administrator account. You can also add other windows users as administrators using the available options. When you’re finished here, click Next.
- This next screen gives you options to install and configure reporting services. We’ll use the default option here and select Next.
- This final screen is a consent form stating that you are choosing to install Microsoft R Open. After selecting Accept and clicking Next, SQL will begin the installation.
- Setup is now complete! Upon completion, SQL Server will present you with a list of everything that succeeded or failed. At this point, you can also go through the SQL Server Installation Center and install any more specific tools you may need.
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