Overview of SQL Server Installation

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

  • The Database Engine

  • Analysis Services

  • Reporting Services

  • Integration Services

  • Management tools

  • Documentation and samples

Note SQL Server is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. For more information, see Planning a SQL Server Installation.

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
    Describes 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.

  • Installing SQL Server 2008 R2
    Describes the installation options for SQL Server:

    • Install by using the Installation Wizard.

    • Install from the command prompt.

  • Configuring SQL Server 2008 R2
    Describes how to configure SQL Server by using graphical and command prompt utilities.

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