How to Install SQL Server 2014 on Windows

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in the prior release by providing breakthrough performance, availability and manageability for your mission critical applications. SQL Server 2014 delivers new in-memory capabilities built into the core database for OLTP and data warehousing, which complement our existing in-memory data warehousing and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market.

SQL Server 2014 also provides new disaster recovery and backup solutions with Windows Azure, enabling customers to use their existing skills with the on-premises product offerings to take advantage of Microsoft’s global datacenters. In addition, SQL Server 2014 takes advantage of new Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities to give you unparalleled scalability for your database application in a physical or virtual environment.



How to install it

Step 1. Run the Setup.exe file.
Step 2. Installation : Click on “New SQL Server Failover Cluster Installation

SQL 2014 Setup Screen


Step 3. Setup Support Rules

It will check your system environment before installing SQL Server to prevent Failure. Click “Ok” after successful completion of Operation.

SQL 2014 Support Rules Install


Step 4. Product Key

Specify the edition of SQL Server 2014. If you have Product License key then select “Enter the product key” else select “Specify a free version”.

SQL 2014 Free Edition License


Step 5. License Term

Check “I Accept the license terms” and click “Next”.  To “Send Feature usage data to Microsoft” also check second checkbox.

SQL 2014 License Terms


Step 6.  Setup Support Rules

The wizard will now do some real checks and will provide you with a list of details which are either passed or failed.

SQL 2014 Support Rules Verification


Step 7. Setup Role

Select “SQL Server Feature Installation”, click “Next”.

SQL 2014 Setup Role

Step 8. Feature Selection

Select all the features you want to install. Like Database Engine Service, Client Tool Connectivity, Client Tool SDk, etc as shown in snap.

SQL 2014 Feature Selection


Step 9. Installation Rules

This wizard will do couple more checks as we proceed. Click Next.

SQL 2014 Installation Rules


Step 10. Instance Configuration

In this step we will do the Instance configuration, Server configuration and the Database Engine configuration.

SQL 2014 Instance Configuration

Step 11. Server Configuration

Specify the service account and collation configuration. Select the “Startup Type” and set password if you want to make it password authenticated.

SQL 2014 Server Configuration


Step 12. Database Engine Configuration

Select “Windows Authentication Mode” for General usage, Else select “Mixed Mode” and specify the password. Also add the User, click “Next”.

SQL 2014 Database Engine


Step 13.  Database Engine Configuration Cont.

Set the path for all Data Dictionary else leave it as it is and click “Next”.

SQL 2014 Database Engine Config Part 2


Step 14. Installation Configuration Rules

This Wizard will do one final round of checks before doing the install.

SQL 2014 Installation Config Rules


Step 15. Ready to Install

Check all the Features to be installed and click “Install”.

SQL 2014 Ready to Install


Step 16. Complete

Now your SQL Server 2014 installation completed successfully.

SQL 2014 Installation Completed


Step 17. Start SQL Server 2014

SQL 2014 Login Screen



You are not able to work with a Microsoft’s SQL database.  As you can see, there are several steps before completing SQL 2014 Installation, but when it’s completed, server is stable and offer you unlimited possibilities.

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