1.1. Prepare for Installation

Before we dive into the installation, a little background is important. Some of the decisions you will make at installation, such as how many servers to install, where to install them, which editions to use, and so forth, will depend entirely on how you intend to use SQL Server within your organization. In the following sections, we will lay the groundwork for installation, covering such topics as understanding SQL Server's place in the enterprise, choosing the appropriate edition for your needs, determining licensing requirements, and reviewing the requirements for the actual installation.

1.1.1. SQL Server in the Enterprise

Prior releases of SQL Server were a bit hard to defend as truly enterprise systems. The ...

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