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Installing SQL Server 2008

The SQL Server Installation Wizard is Windows Installer-based. It provides a single feature tree to install all SQL Server components:

  • SQL Server Database Engine

  • Analysis Services

  • Reporting Services

  • Integration Services

  • Replication

  • Management tools

  • Documentation

Note SQL Server is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The 64-bit and 32-bit editions of SQL Server are installed either through the Installation Wizard, or at a command prompt. For more information about SQL Server components, see Editions and Components of SQL Server 2008 and Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2008.

By default, sample databases and sample code are not installed as part of SQL Server Setup. To install sample databases and sample code for non-Express editions of SQL Server 2008, see the CodePlex Web site. To read about support for SQL Server sample databases and sample code for , see Databases and Samples Overview.

Regardless of whether you use the SQL Server Installation Wizard or the command prompt to install SQL Server, the Setup process involves the following steps:

In This Section

  • Planning a SQL Server Installation
    Desribes how to prepare your computer for SQL Server:

    • Review hardware and software requirements.

    • Review System Configuration Checker requirements and blocking issues.

    • Review security considerations for a SQL Server installation.

  • Configuring SQL Server 2008
    After Setup finishes, you can configure SQL Server by using graphical and command prompt utilities.

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