Can I install a second instance of SQL Server on the same VM? Can I change installed features of the default instance?

Sujani Atyam 41 Reputation points
2020-05-13T05:42:49.817+00:00

Can I install a second instance of SQL Server on the same VM? Can I change installed features of the default instance?

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  1. vipullag-MSFT 16,736 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2020-05-13T05:47:19.92+00:00

    Yes. The SQL Server installation media is located in a folder on the C drive. Run Setup.exe from that location to add new SQL Server instances or to change other installed features of SQL Server on the machine. Note that some features, such as Automated Backup, Automated Patching, and Azure Key Vault Integration, only operate against the default instance, or a named instance that was configured properly.

    Source: Azure Documentation FAQ

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