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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration by Brian Knight, Ross LoForte, Steven Wort, Bradley Ball, Adam Jorgensen

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Chapter 2Installing SQL Server 2014 Best Practices

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Planning and executing a successful SQL Server 2014 installation
  • Understanding the necessary post-installation configurations
  • Troubleshooting common installation issues

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The installation process of SQL Server 2014 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, as well as 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.

PLANNING THE SYSTEM

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 saying goes: “Failing to plan ...

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