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Jump start your SQL Server 2016 Exploration journey here.

 Review the following before reading this post:

Download the SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition from Microsoft Site.

Mount the .ISO file as described here.

Double click the executable file in the mounted drive.

Agree to updating computer information

SQL Server Installation center is displayed.


Click System Configuration checker.
Rules get checked as shown.


Click OK

Click hardware and software requirements. You are taken to Microsoft site to review details.
Details here:
You can access a virtual machine on which SQL Server 2016 is already installed, if you have an Azure account for evaluation.
  • Needs .NET Framework 4.6.1 and will be installed during SQL Server 2016 installation.
Hardware requirements as shown here:


  • You need 1GB except for Express which needs only 512MB. Recommended is 4GB
  • x64 Processor, 1.4 GHZ recommended 2.0 GHZ or higher
  • No x86 bit server
  • No WOW support either
  • Management tools OK on WOW

Two types of editions:

Principal Editions--Enterprise, Standard and Web
Breadth Editions--Developer and Express

For Windows 10, the type can be either Standard in Principal
or Developer and Express in Breadth editions

Click on Installation in SQL Server Installation Center to display Installation details


Click on the first option, New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation.

The Product Key page is displayed. For developer edition no product key is required.


Click Next to open the License Terms page as shown.


Accept License terms and click Next.

Checks Global rules and takes you to product update page as shown


Click Next.

Install Setup Files page is displayed as shown.--this takes a while!



Click OK to Rules Check Result Message. Click Next

Features Selection page is displayed. Make selections


After the 'Please Wait..' window the Instance Configuration window is displayed as shown.

Herein a named instance will be installed.

Installing a named instance called OHANA as shown


Click Next.                         --after the 'Please Wait..' window

Polybase Configuration page is displayed as shown.


Click Next. The Server Configuration page is displayed. The various service accounts needs to be set. In what follows, in this installation, the current computer user takes on all the accounts with his Windows password. This is just to keep it simple. In an enterprise, this way of handling must be avoided.

Regarding initialization look here:
In the next couple of interactive windows the Service's Account Name will be changed to reflect the current user assuming them.

Click inside the Account Name window of the SQL Server Agent to bring up the drop-down menu.


Click Browse... to display the Select User or Group window.


Click Advanced... button.

Select User or Group (adv) page is displayed.

Click Find Now button. The Search results pane gets populated with all relevant account information.

Choose the Current User of computer by highlighting it and Click OK. The current user gets selected.


Click OK. Current user account name is inserted for the SQL Server Agent's Account Name a shown.


Do the same for the other services. Actually after doing for the SQL Server Agent you can copy the Account Name and paste in the other services. Enter password for each service, the same Windows password.


Oops! there was a typo in the Reporting Services password field.

Error in password for Reporting Services Corrected. Click Next.
Database Engine Configuration page is displayed.

Click Add Current User on the Server Configuration tabbed pane as shown. The current user's user name gets added to the Specify SQL Server administrators'' pane

Click Data Directories tab. In Data Directories accept default.


Click TempDB tab. Note the file names and other details. Just accept the defaults.


Click File Stream tab. Click all check boxes.


Click Next.

Analysis Services Configuration mode is displayed
Default is Multidimensional and data mining mode. You can choose only a single server mode.
Accept default.

Click Add Current User. Current User will be added as an administrator.

Click Data Directories tab.


Make no changes and click Next.

Reporting Services Configuration page is displayed as shown.


Accept default and click Next.

The Consent to install Microsoft R Open page is displayed.

Install_018                          --Please Wait window is displaeyd.
Click Next.
Feature configuration check is made and the Ready to Install page is displayed.







Click Install. The installation took slightly less than hour. This is the fastest ever for SQL Server in all these years.

The computer was not restarted but only the above message window clicked OK.


That's all.

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More Stories By Jayaram Krishnaswamy

Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: He writes articles on several topics to many sites.