By now, you should be able to approximate hardware requirements, have an idea about software prerequisites, and be ready to proceed with installation.
Before running Setup, note the following:
1. You need access to an account with administrative privileges to run SQL Server 2008 Setup.
2. Set up several Windows accounts to run SQL Server services, such as Report Server and SQL Server.
3. Secure a computer on which you are planning to install SQL Server components; use a firewall, service accounts with least privileges, and so on.
4. Avoid hosting a Report Server on a computer that has an underscore in its ...