Install SQL Server


Updated: December 16, 2016

SQL Server 2016 is a 64-bit application. Here are important details about how to get SQL Server and how to install it.

  • Options: Install through the Installation Wizard, a command prompt, or through sysprep

  • Requirements: Before you install, take some time to review installation requirements, system configuration checks, and security considerations in Planning a SQL Server Installation

  • Process: See Installation for SQL Server for complete instructions on the installation process

  • Sample databases and sample code:

    • They are not installed as part of SQL Server setup by default
    • To install them for non-Express editions of SQL Server, see the CodePlex Web site
    • To read about support for SQL Server sample databases and sample code for SQL Server Express, see Databases and Samples Overview

The download location for SQL Server 2016 depends on the edition:

  • SQL Server Enterprise, Standard, and Express Editions are licensed for production use. For Enterprise and Standard Editions, contact your software vendor for the installation media. You can find purchasing information and a directory of Microsoft partners on the Microsoft purchasing website.

  • Free editions are available at these links:

Developer EditionFree, full-featured set of SQL Server 2016 Enterprise edition software that allows developers to build, test, and demonstrate applications in a non-production environment.
Express EditionEntry-level, free database that is ideal for deploying small databases in production environments. Build desktop, and small server, data-driven applications up to 10 GB of disk size.
Evaluation EditionFull feature set of SQL Server Enterprise edition software that provides a 180 day evaluation period.
Install SQL Server 2016 on Server CoreReview this topic to install SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server Core.
Check Parameters for the System Configuration CheckerDiscusses the function of the System Configuration Checker (SCC).
Install SQL Server 2016 from the Installation Wizard (Setup)Procedural topic for a typical SQL Server installation by using the Installation Wizard.
Install SQL Server 2016 from the Command PromptProcedural topic that provides sample syntax and installation parameters for running unattended Setup.
Install SQL Server 2016 Using a Configuration FileProcedural topic that provides sample syntax and installation parameters for running Setup through a configuration file.
Install SQL Server 2016 Using SysPrepProcedural topic that provides sample syntax and installation parameters for running Setup through SysPrep.
Add Features to an Instance of SQL Server 2016 (Setup)Procedural topic for updating components of an existing instance of SQL Server 2016.
Repair a Failed SQL Server 2016 InstallationProcedural topic for repairing a corrupt SQL Server 2016 installation.
Rename a Computer that Hosts a Stand-Alone Instance of SQL ServerProcedural topic for updating system metadata that is stored in sys.servers.
Install SQL Server 2016 Servicing UpdatesProcedural topic for installing updates for SQL Server 2016.
View and Read SQL Server Setup Log FilesProcedural topic for checking errors in setup log files.
Validate a SQL Server InstallationReview the use of the SQL Discovery report to verify the version of SQL Server and the SQL Server features installed on the computer.
Install SQL Server Database EngineDescribes how to install and configure the SQL Server Database Engine.
Install SQL Server ReplicationDescribes how to install and configure SQL Server Replication.
Install Distributed Replay - OverviewLists down the topics to install the Distributed Replay feature.
Install SQL Server Management Tools with SSMSDescribes how to install and configure SQL Server management tools.
Install SQL Server PowerShellDescribes the considerations for installing SQL Server PowerShell components.
Configure the Windows Firewall to Allow SQL Server AccessThis topic provides an overview of firewall configuration and how to configure the Windows firewall.
Configure a Multi-Homed Computer for SQL Server AccessThis topic describes how to configure SQL Server and Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to provide for network connections to an instance of SQL Server in a multi-homed environment.
Configure the Windows Firewall to Allow Analysis Services AccessYou can follow the steps provided in this topic to configure both port and firewall settings to allow access to Analysis Services or Power Pivot for SharePoint.

Editions and Supported Features for SQL Server 2016
Install SQL Server 2016 Business Intelligence Features
SQL Server Failover Cluster Installation

Planning a SQL Server Installation
Upgrade to SQL Server 2016
Uninstall SQL Server 2016
High Availability Solutions (SQL Server)

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