Chapter 2

Installing SQL Server 2012 Best Practices


  • How to Plan and Execute a Successful SQL Server 2012 Installation
  • What Post-Installation Configurations are Necessary
  • Troubleshoot Common Installation Issues

The installation process of SQL Server 2012 can be as easy as executing the Setup Wizard from the installation media and following the prompts in each of the setup screens. The Setup Wizard makes several important decisions for you during this process. Throughout this chapter you learn about those decisions and the appropriate configurations for a secure, stable, and scalable installation.

The core installation process follows these general steps:

1. Plan the system.

2. Prepare hardware and software.

3. Install the operating system and service packs.

4. Set up the I/O subsystem.

5. Install SQL Server and service packs.

6. Burn in the system.

7. Do post-install configurations if necessary.

8. Clean up for deployment and go!

This chapter focuses on the plan and the actual install.


The first step before initiating a SQL Server installation involves proper planning. A successful SQL Server installation starts with a good game plan. As the old proverb goes: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Some of the necessary planning includes the following tasks and considerations:

  • Baseline of current workload
  • Estimated growth in workload
  • Minimum hardware and software requirements
  • Proper storage system sizing and I/O requirements
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