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Installing SQL Server 2005

The SQL Server 2005 Installation Wizard is Microsoft Windows Installer-based, and provides a single feature tree for installation of all Microsoft SQL Server 2005 components:

  • SQL Server Database Engine
  • Analysis Services
  • Reporting Services
  • Notification Services
  • Integration Services
  • Management Tools
  • Documentation and Samples

Note SQL Server 2005 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The 64-bit editions of SQL Server 2005 are installed using the same methods as the 32-bit editions: through the Installation Wizard, or via the command prompt. For more information on SQL Server 2005 components, see Editions and Components of SQL Server 2005. Regardless of whether you use the SQL Server 2005 Installation Wizard or the command prompt to install SQL Server 2005, the Setup process involves the following steps.

Step 1: Prepare Your Computer to Install SQL Server 2005

To prepare your computer for SQL Server 2005, review hardware and software requirements, System Configuration Checker requirements and blocking issues, and security considerations.

For more information:Preparing to Install SQL Server 2005

Step 2: Install SQL Server 2005

To install SQL Server 2005, run Setup using the SQL Server 2005 Installation Wizard or install from the command prompt. You can also add components to an instance of SQL Server 2005, or upgrade to SQL Server 2005 from a previous SQL Server version.

For more information:Installing SQL Server 2005 Components

Step 3: Configure Your SQL Server 2005 Installation

After Setup completes the installation of SQL Server 2005, you can configure SQL Server using graphical and command prompt utilities.

For more information:Configuring a SQL Server Installation

See Also


How to: Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 (Setup)

Other Resources

Configuring High Availability
Database Engine Installation How-to Topics

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance