Installing the SQL Server Database Engine

The SQL Server Database Engine component of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is the core service for storing, processing, and securing data. The Database Engine provides controlled access and rapid transaction processing to meet the requirements of the most demanding data consuming applications in your enterprise.

The Database Engine supports one or more server instances on a single computer. For more information about selecting features and components to install, see Editions and Components of SQL Server 2005.

To create a typical SQL Server installation, see How to: Install SQL Server 2005 (Setup).


For local installations, you must run Setup as an administrator. If you install SQL Server from a remote share, you must use a domain account that has read and execute permissions on the remote share.

Step 1: Preparing to Install the Database Engine

Before you install the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine, review the following requirements:

Step 2: Installing the Database Engine

After you review the installation requirements for SQL Server 2005 and ensure that your computer meets those requirements, you will be ready to install the Database Engine. Depending on your environment, you will install the Database Engine in one of the following ways:

Step 3: Verifying your installation of the Database Engine

Following installation, verify that the SQL Server 2005 services are running. For more information, see How to: Verify a Successful Installation of SQL Server 2005 Services.

Step 4: Configuring your installation of the Database Engine

Some features of SQL Server 2005 are turned off by default. To review configuration options, see Configuring a SQL Server Installation and SQL Server Surface Area Configuration.

See Also


Editions and Components of SQL Server 2005
Collation Options and International Support


Components of the SQL Server Database Engine

Other Resources

Database Engine Installation How-to Topics
Configuring High Availability

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance