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Creating a Setup File Manually

SQL Server 2000

You create a customized setup initialization file interactively when you select the Record Unattended option in Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Setup. You can also edit files manually, to further refine and customize setup initialization files.

Creating or Modifying a Setup File Using a Text Editor

You can use a text editor to modify the Setup.iss file generated using the Record Unattended .ISS file option. You can also modify one of the sample setup files (*.iss) included on the SQL Server 2000 compact disc or you can create your own setup file.

To modify one of the sample setup initialization files found on the SQL Server compact disc, open the file in a text editor and modify as required. Keep the file compatible with the Microsoft Windows® initialization file format and save it with the .iss file name extension.

Format of a Sample Setup Initialization File

A setup initialization file is a text file that uses the standard Windows .ini file format. Sections of the sample setup initialization file for a typical installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 are described in the tables that follow. This sample file (Sqlins.iss) is found in the root directory of the SQL Server compact disc.

Note  In creating a setup file for a named instance of SQL Server 2000, you must indicate the instance name you want to install and the path required to navigate through the setup screens. The Instance Name dialog box [DlgInstanceName] section must be modified, as well as other places in the setup file where the instance name appears.

[InstallShield Silent]

This section is required for InstallShield. Do not change the values.

Entry Value Description
Version v5.00.000 Version of the InstallShield Silent response file.
File Response File Indicates this is the Response File.

[File Transfer]
Entry Value Description
OverwriteReadOnly NoToAll Do not overwrite read-only files.

[DlgOrder]

Lists each dialog box in the order it appears in an attended setup. The listing in this section must correspond to the other sections in the setup initialization file.

Entry Value Description
Dlg0 SdWelcome-0 Initial dialog box
Count 14 Number of dialog boxes listed in this section
Dlg1 DlgMachine-0 Next dialog box
Dlg2 DlgInstallMode-0 Next dialog box
Dlg3 SdRegisterUser-0 Next dialog box
Dlg4 SdLicense-0 Next dialog box
Dlg5 DlgCDKey-0 Next dialog box
Dlg 6 DlgClientServer-0 Next dialog box
Dlg7 DlgInstanceName-0 Next dialog box
Dlg8 SetupTypeSQL-0 Next dialog box
Dlg9 DlgServices-0 Next dialog box
Dlg10 DLGSqlSecurity-0 Next dialog box
Dlg11 DlgCollation-0 Next dialog box
Dlg12 DlgServerNetwork-0 Next dialog box
Dlg13 SdStartCopy-0 Next dialog box
Dlg14 SdFinish-0 Last dialog box

[SdWelcome-0]

Corresponds to the Welcome dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Result 1 Next

[DlgMachine-0]

Corresponds to the Computer Name dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Type 1 Local computer
Result 1 Next

[DlgInstallMode-0]

Corresponds to the Installation Selection dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Type 1 Create a new instance
Result 1 Next

[SdRegisterUser-0]

Corresponds to the User Information dialog box.

Entry Value Description
szName <user name> Name of user; company name is not required.
Result 1 Next.

[SdLicense-0]

Corresponds to the Software License Agreement dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Result 1 Yes

[CDKEYDialog-0]

Corresponds to the CD-Key dialog box.

Entry Value Description
svCDKey <CD key value> Specified for each installation
Result 1 Next

[DlgClientServer-0]

Corresponds to the Installation Definition dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Type 2 Server and client tools
Result 1 Next

[DlgInstanceName-0]

Corresponds to the Instance Name dialog box.

Entry Value Description
InstanceName MSSQLSERVER Designation of the default instance (always the same).
InstanceName <instance name> Designation of a named instance.
Result 1 Next.

[SetupTypeSQL-0]

Corresponds to the Setup type dialog box.

Entry Value Description
szDir %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft SQL Server Directory where SQL Server program files are installed.
Result 301 Typical (301)

(302 = Minimum and 303 = Custom).

szDataDir %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft SQL Server Directory where SQL Server data files are installed (same as program files).

[DlgServices-0]

Corresponds to the Services Accounts dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Local-Domain 3855

<other numeric value>

Use the same account for each service.

To customize the settings for each service, see Setup Initialization File Details.

AutoStart 15 Autostart Service is enabled.
Result 1 Next.

[DlgSQLSecurity-0]

Corresponds to the Authentication dialog box. Choices shown here include options not in the sample Sqlins.iss file.

Entry Value Description
LoginMode -1 System default security is used.

The Microsoft Windows NT® default is Windows Authentication Mode.

The Microsoft Windows 98 default is Mixed Mode, with a blank sa password. Although the default sa password is blank, to conform to best security practices, it should be changed to a strong password at the first opportunity.

LoginMode 1 Windows Authentication Mode.
LoginMode 2 Mixed Mode.
szPwd <choice of password> Used only with Mixed Mode security.
Result 1 Next.

[DlgCollation-0]

Corresponds to the Collation Settings dialog box.

Entry Value Description
collation_name ' ' When blank, system default collation is used.
collation_name <collation designator> Selected by user. For more information, see Collation Settings in Setup.

[DlgServerNetwork-0]

Corresponds to the Network Libraries dialog box.

Entry Value Description
NetworkLibs 255

245

15

Named pipes and TCP/IP

Value 240 (0xF0) = TCP/IP only

Value 15 = Named pipes only

To customize network library settings, see Setup Initialization File Details

TCPPort 1433 Port address, for TCP/IP
TCPPrxy Default Default proxy, or what is entered
NMPPipeName \\.\pipe\sql\query Pipe name
Result 1 Next

[SdStartCopy-0]

Corresponds to the Start Copying Files dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Result 1 Next

[SdFinish-0]

Corresponds to the Setup Complete dialog box.

Entry Value Description
Result 1 Next
bOpt1 0 Placeholder for stock dialog box
bOpt2 0 Placeholder for stock dialog box

See Also

Performing an Unattended Installation

Setup Initialization File Details

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