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Feature Selection

Use the check boxes on the Feature Selection page of the SQL Server Installation Wizard to select components for your SQL Server installation.


A description for each component group appears in the Description pane when you select it. You can select any combination of check boxes. To continue, you must make a selection.

The Database Engine and Analysis Services components are the only SQL Server 2008 features that support failover clustering. You can install other components, like Reporting Services or Integration Services, on a failover cluster node, but they are not cluster-aware, and their services do not fail over if the failover cluster node goes offline. For more information, see Getting Started with SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering.

Component group

Components and features

Database Engine Services

The SQL Server Database Engine includes the following components:

  • The Database Engine is the core service for storing, processing, and securing data.

Optional: Replication is a set of technologies for copying and distributing data and database objects from one database to another and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency. Note    Replication is required and automatically selected by Setup for SQL Server failover clustering installations when you select Database Engine Services.

Optional: Full-Text Search provides functionality to issue full-text queries against plain character-based data in SQL Server tables. Note    Full-Text Search is required and automatically selected by Setup for SQL Server failover clustering installations when you select Database Engine Services.

  • Tools for managing relational and XML data.

Analysis Services

Analysis Services includes the tools for creating and managing online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining applications.

Reporting Services2,3

Reporting Services includes server and client components for creating, managing, and deploying tabular, matrix, graphical, and free-form reports. Reporting Services is also an extensible platform that you can use to develop report applications.

Integration Services

Integration Services is a set of graphical tools and programmable objects for moving, copying, and transforming data.

Shared Features:

  • Client Tools

  • SQL Server Books Online

  • Business Intelligence Development Studio4,5

  • Integration Services

Client Tools includes components for communication between clients and servers, including network libraries for DB-Library, OLEDB for OLAP, ODBC, ADODB, and ADOMD+, and the following SQL Server Management Tools:

  • SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SSMS combines the features of Enterprise Manager, Query Analyzer, and Analysis Manager, included in previous releases of SQL Server, into a single environment that provides SQL Server access to developers and administrators of all skill levels.

  • SQL Server Configuration Manager provides basic configuration management for SQL Server services, server protocols, client protocols, and client aliases.

  • SQL Server Profiler provides a graphical user interface for monitoring an instance of the Database Engine or an instance of Analysis Services.

  • Database Engine Tuning Advisor helps create optimal sets of indexes, indexed views, and partitions.

  • Replication Monitor allows you to track the status and performance of publications and subscriptions across a replication topology.

  • SQLXML Client Features

  • SQL Server Books Online is the core documentation for SQL Server.

Business Intelligence Development Studio is an integrated development environment for Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services solutions.

Integration Services is a set of graphical tools and programmable objects for moving, copying, and transforming data.

Client Tools Backward Compatibility

Client Tools Backward Compatibility includes the following components:

1Setup does not configure load-balancing and single-URL addressing for multiple nodes in a Reporting Services scale-out deployment. To complete a scale-out deployment, you must use Windows Server, Microsoft Application Center, or third-party cluster management software. For more information about setting up Web farm deployment, see Configuring Reporting Services for Scale-Out Deployment.

2Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP 1 is required for the Report Designer component of Reporting Services.

3Reporting Services is not supported in side-by-side configurations on the 64-bit platform and on the 32-bit subsystem (WOW64) of a 64-bit server at the same time.

4Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 is required for SQL Server Management Studio installations.

5Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 is required for Business Intelligence Development Studio installations.

Shared Component Directory

Features shared by all instances of SQL Server on a single computer are installed to a single directory. They include the following:

  • Client Tools

  • SQL Server Books Online

  • Business Intelligence Development Studio

  • Integration Services

By default, shared components are installed to %Program Files%Microsoft SQL Server\. To change the installation path, click the Browse button. If you change the installation path for one shared component, you also change it for other shared components. Subsequent installations will install shared components to the same location as the original installation.

On x64-based operating systems, you can specify where 64-bit components will be installed, and where on the WOW64 subsystem 32-bit components will be installed.

Installing AdventureWorks Sample Databases

By default, sample databases and sample code are not installed as part of SQL Server Setup. To install sample databases and sample code, see the CodePlex Web site.

Additional information about samples is available after SQL Server 2008 has been installed. From the Start menu, click All Programs, click Microsoft SQL Server 2008, click Documentation and Tutorials, and then click Microsoft SQL Server Samples Overview.