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SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Evaluation Install

Posted by denglishbi on April 23, 2010

SQL Server 2008 R2 has gone RTM and currently the only way to get a copy is to download and install the 180-day evaluation copy.  You can do so by going to the SQL Server 2008 R2 downloads.  If you still see a download for the November CTP then keep looking, because the RTM version is available and will be available for subscribers to download on May 3 (build number is 10.50.1600.1).  Not a lot has changed since I last posted about the install with the August CTP SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Install Experience, but since I didn’t post anything in regards to the November CTP about the install (SQL Server 2008 R2 November 2009 CTP3 now available) I thought I would do a quick little update on the whole process which took almost an hour to complete.

Here are the screenshots of the install (click on the images for a larger view):

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The wait message. You will see this during each step of the initial process while the install does some validation checks on your system. Planning page menu Installation page menu (the other menu screenshots are available in my August posting, at this point I just wanted to install the product)
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Setup Support Rules – passed with flying colors Product Key screen – current options available are Evaluation, Express, or Express with Advanced Services License Terms screen
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Setup Support Files – Install Installing Support Files (the process is now starting) Setup Support Rules check – just one warning with the Windows Firewall
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Windows Firewall rule check message Setup Rule – going to do the Feature Installation Feature Installation selection – simply clicked the Select All button
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Please Wait… – you will see this now during the rest of the install, just be patient (I know it is tough, trust me) Installation Rules – just one warning, the rest either passed or were not applicable (these are SharePoint or PowerPivot items) Shared Component Warning message – I am installing this on a laptop that already has SQL Server 2008 installed
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Instance Configuration – I am going to setup the Evaluation as a named instance called R2 (I know, pretty original – didn’t go with SQL2 or SQL3) Disk Space Requirement for the full install – approximately 6GB of space is required Server Configuration – time to setup the accounts to run the services
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Exception message you will get if you simply click the Next button You need to provide a Account name for each of the SQL Services before you can proceed I go with the local accounts since I am doing a basic install and I changed the SSIS Service to Manual startup type
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Database Engine Configuration – Account Provisioning screen – I setup this for Mixed Mode, assigned the password, and added my account to the administrators Database Engine Configuration – Data Directories setup – I changed the two Log directory locations to the Log folder instead of Data (I wish that would just be the default like it is for SSAS setup) Database Engine Configuration – Filestream setup – I simply enabled this
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Analysis Services Configuration – Account Provisioning screen – I added my account to have administrative permissions Analysis Services Configuration – Data Directories – left the defaults (notice how the Log file is setup to the Log folder…interesting) Reporting Services Configuration – just going to do the native mode install
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Error Reporting screen Install Configuration Rules – either passed or were not applicable Ready to Install – Bing! we are all set, click Install button (notice the configuration file path – this is where the install log file will also be if you want to verify anything)
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Overall summary:

Final result: Passed

Exit code (Decimal): 0

Exit message: Passed

Start time: 2010-04-22 18:54:17

End time: 2010-04-22 19:47:39

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Installation Progress screen – Now sit back, watch, and wait My Overall summary results – yours will vary Installation Complete – We are all done
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Startup BIDS – still Visual Studio 2008, sorry, no Visual Studio 2010…maybe next year with SQL Server 2011? New Report Items for SSRS – Map, Data Bar, Sparkline, and Indicator Map Report Item – this will launch a wizard to complete the process
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Data Bar types available Sparkline types available Indicator types available
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio splash screen Server Property information after install of the Enterprise Evaluation Edition That’s a wrap! Rock ‘n Roll

For more information you can check out a few of the links below, more information will be coming out now that the launch is going on over in Europe and will be starting up next month here in the United States.

So what are you waiting for? Download the Evaluation and start kicking the tires.

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One Response to “SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Evaluation Install”

  1. […] by denglishbi on November 17, 2010 Nothing really new with install compared to the SQL Server 2008 R2 install, but I wanted to share my experience installing the product.  I installed this on a Windows 7 […]

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