In Want to Learn SQL Server 2012? I wrote about obtaining a fully-featured version of SQL Server 2012 (Developer Edition).
This post represents one way to install SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition on a Hyper-V virtual machine running the Windows 2012 Server Standard Edition operating system. This is by no means exhaustive. My goal in writing this is to help you get a default instance of SQL Server 2012 up and running. I do not cover setting up the Hyper-V virtual machine. I begin after loading the SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition ISO file into the VM’s CD/DVD drive.
Navigate to the installation drive folder. Right-click setup.exe and click “Run as administrator” as shown in Figure 1:
This starts the SQL Server Installation Center. Click the Installation page from the list on the left side, and then click the top link (“New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation”):
Setup conducts eight checks for things that could interfere with a successful installation of SQL Server:
Next, enter the product key. If you are installing SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition, the value appears for you on the screen shown in Figure 4:
The next screen prompts you to accept the license terms. You can also opt to send anonymous feature usage data to Microsoft. I do this and recommend you do too. Why? Microsoft actually uses this data to qualify and prioritize future development efforts.
Setup checks for conditions that may interfere with the installation of setup support files:
You next select the setup role in the installation process. I like the option “All Features With Defaults,” as shown in Figure 7:
When you select the “All Features With Defaults” option, the next screen – Feature Selection – is prepopulated, as shown in Figure 8:
Setup next checks installation rules:
Figure 10 shows the next step in the process, SQL Server instance configuration:
Disk space calculations are next…
… followed by service account configuration:
Database engine configuration includes Authentication Mode and SQL Server Administrators. You can accept the defaults if you want. I use Mixed Mode Authentication (combined with very strong passwords) for my installations. Clicking the Add Current User button adds me to the SQL Server administrators, as shown in Figure 13:
Analysis Services setup is next. Although Figure 14 does not show it, I mostly work with Tabular Model these days. As before, I click the Add Current User button to add this account to the Administrators:
Accept the defaults for Reporting Services configuration as shown in Figure 15:
I haven’t used the Distributed Replay Client (DRC) yet, but it is on my list of SQL Server 2012 stuff to learn. I click the Add Current User button:
Give the DRC a name similar to the server name, as shown in Figure 17:
Select Error Reporting options as shown in Figure 18:
Installation configuration rules are checked for consistency and readiness, shown in Figure 19:
Figure 20 confirms the installation is ready to begin:
When the installation is complete, the Complete window displays as shown in Figure 21:
A bunch of new cool tiles appear on your Windows 2012 Server start page, as shown in Figure 22:
And you are done! Installation is complete and you are ready to begin exploring SQL Server 2012!