Begin your SQL Server instance installation

Installing and configuring a SQL Server instance can be a challenging process. Installing a SQL Server 2005 instance is an entirely new learning opportunity for DBAs and developers upgrading to the latest version. Follow this step-by-step guide and experience a glitch-free installation.

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1 Main Menu – Once you load the media into the DVD drive the following splash screen will load.

To install a SQL Server 2005 instance, select the 'Server components, tools, Books Online and samples' option under the 'Install' heading.

2 End User License Agreement – Review the End User License Agreement (EULA) and once complete select the 'I accept the licensing terms and conditions' check box.

This acceptance will activate the 'Next' button, so click this button to proceed.

3 Installing Prerequisites – Click the 'Next' button once the prerequisites are determined.
4 Welcome – Press the 'Next' button to begin the installation process.
5 System Configuration Check – The installation application will review 15 components on the server and determine success of failure.

If necessary, review the report options on the bottom right of the screen. Press the 'Next' button to proceed.

6 Installation – A progress bar will indicate the status of the installation. No action needed.

Installing a SQL Server 2005 Instance

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Begin your SQL Server instance installation
 Step 2: Choose SQL Server installation components
 Step 3: Specify account, authentication mode and settings
 Step 4: Click 'Install' and review your summary log
 Step 5: Install SQL Server Service Pack 1

Jeremy Kadlec is the Principal Database Engineer at Edgewood Solutions, a technology services company delivering professional services and product solutions for Microsoft SQL Server. He has authored numerous articles and delivers frequent presentations at regional SQL Server Users Groups and nationally at SQL PASS. He is the author of the Rational Guide to IT Project Management. Jeremy is also the Performance Tuning expert. Ask him a question here.
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