Friday, January 11, 2013

SQL Server 2012 with SP1 Installation Step by Step Guide - Saving System Admins, DBAs, Developers and Support Technicians A Wee Bit O' Misery

Since the last guide was quite popular (over 4k distinct views for SQL Server 2008 R2), I've uploaded to SkyDrive another complete step by step guide for a Microsoft SQL Server installation. This time the Guide is for a SQL Server 2012 with Service Pack 1 installation, because I prefer to see this done correctly, rather than butchered :)
I hope it helps save some time for those dealing with this vast task, including how to install a service pack and where to find the latest downloads. Furthermore, I have incorporated post-installation settings and validation, thus as Robert Davis states, you can 'put a better SQL Server into Production.'
Here is the Guide also in an Embedded Version:

Enjoy, comments to improve are welcome :)