Step 2: Install SQL Server 2017 Express
  • 18 Aug 2023
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Step 2: Install SQL Server 2017 Express

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SQL Server 2017 Express is a free application that you can download from Microsoft directly. If SQL Server 2017 Express is already installed, continue with installing Database Tools. If not, follow the procedures below.

Please note that the following guide is for installing MS SQL Express 2017. Your installation of SQL may vary depending on the version of MS SQL you have selected (there may be slight differences in screenshots). Please note that it is critical that MS SQL has the settings as detailed within the following instructions for Quantify to function as expected.

To install SQL Server 2017 Express:

  1. Log in to the server or client-server as a user with Administrative privileges and download Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express. Currently, only the 64-Bit version is available.
  2. When the download has completed, Run or Open the file.
    As necessary, you can launch the SQL Server installer (SQLEXPRADV_xNN_ENU.exe, where NN is 64 or 86) manually from the location on your computer in which you saved it.
    The SQL Server Installation Center Wizard appears.
  3. Click Installation and then click New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation.

    SQL will test to ensure SQL setup files can be installed, then the License Terms interface appears.
  4. Click the I Accept the License Terms checkbox and click Next.

    Note:  If the Install Rules page appears, with a Windows Firewall warning, make sure that port 1433 is open in your firewall, then click Next.

    The Feature Selection page appears.
  5. Select the following SQL Server Features.
    Database Engine Services
    Select any additional features, as desired.
  6. Click Next .

    The Instance Configuration interface appears.
  7. Click the Default Instance radio button.
    Warning: Not using the default instance of SQL Server requires additional client setup and may result in user connection issues. Using a named instance of SQL Server will also prevent the installation of DB Tools and may result in additional IT requirements. USING THE DEFAULT INSTANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    The name MSSQLSERVER will automatically appear in the Instance ID text field.
  8. Click Next.
    The wizard verifies the disk space requirements, then the Server Configuration interface appears
  9. Click the Startup Type dropdown in the SQL Server Database Engine row and select Automatic from the dropdown that appears.
  10. Click Next.

    The Database Engine Configuration interface appears.
  11. Click the Mixed Mode radio button in the Authentication Mode area of the dialog.
  12. Click in the Enter Password text field and enter your SQL Server password.
    The password must meet SQL Server requirements. For more information, refer to the Strong Passwords article by Microsoft.
  13. Click in the Confirm Password text field and enter your SQL Server password again.
  14. Specify any additional SQL Server Administrators, as appropriate.
    The current user is added by default.
  15. Click Next.

    Installation begins.
  16. If any dialogs appear before installation finishes, click Next.
    When installation is complete, the Complete interface appears.
    Note: If issues were detected, resolve issues and restart installation.
    The Computer Restart Required dialog appears.
  17. Click OK.
    The Complete page appears.
  18. Click Close.
  19. Restart the computer.

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