Installation for SQL Server 2012

The SQL Server Installation Wizard provides a single feature tree to install all SQL Server components:

  • Database Engine

  • Analysis Services

  • Reporting Services

  • Integration Services

  • Master Data Services

  • Data Quality Services

  • Management tools

  • Connectivity components

You can install each component individually or select a combination of the components listed above. To make the best choice among the editions and components available in SQL Server, see Editions and Components of SQL Server 2012 and Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2012. SQL Server 2012 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

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

Planning a SQL Server Installation

Describes how to prepare your computer for SQL Server:

  • Hardware and software requirements.

  • System Configuration Checker requirements and blocking issues.

  • Security considerations.

Install SQL Server 2012

Describes installation options for SQL Server.

Upgrade to SQL Server 2012

Describes options for upgrading to SQL Server.

Uninstall SQL Server 2012

Describes procedures to uninstall SQL Server and Master Data Services.

SQL Server Failover Cluster Installation

This section of the SQL Server Setup documentation explains how to install, and configure SQL Server failover cluster.

Install SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Features

SQL Server features that are part of the Microsoft BI platform include Analysis Services, Integration Services, Reporting Services, and several client applications used for creating or working with analytical data. This section of the SQL Server Setup documentation explains how to install Analysis Services and Reporting Services.

Installation How-to Topics

Provides links to procedural topics for installing SQL Server 2012 from the installation wizard, from the command prompt, by using configuration files, and by using SysPrep.

Install SQL Server BI Features with SharePoint (PowerPivot and Reporting Services)

This section explains how to install SQL Server features in a SharePoint environment. It identifies which SQL Server features are available given a specific version and edition of SharePoint. It also includes installation procedures for PowerPivot for SharePoint and Reporting Services in SharePoint mode.

Installing SQL Server Samples and Sample Databases

Describes how to install and configure SQL Server samples and sample databases.