Before you install SQL Server 2008, read this post about installing the pre-requisites on Windows Server 2008 R2. Here’s the guide to installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008 R2.
In this example I have also prepared a special SQL Service account named DBService.
Start the setup program.
Select the New SQL Server stand-alone installation.
When the Setup Support Rules has identified all the rules, click Ok.
Enter your product key and click Next.
If you agree to the License Terms, check the box and click Next.
You will probably get a warning for the Windows Firewall. That is because some ports needs to be opened if you plan to access your SQL Server installation from outside. Read more at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=94001
In this example I will install all features of SQL Server, but for your needs you may select only the features you will need.
If you have no plans of changing the Instance name or the installation root directory, leave those as per default and click Next.
For this example, I will use the same service account for all SQL Server services. So click on “User the same account for all SQL Server services”.
Enter your SQL Service account and click “Check Names” and then click Ok.
Click Add Current User, click Add and enter the Administrators user group. Click Next.
If you have selected the Analysis Services, click Add Current User and click Add.. and add the Administrators user group. Click Next.
If you have selected the Reporting Services feature, choose which Reporting Services mode you want to use. In this example I will use the integrated mode. Click Next.
If you want to participate in the error reporting or usage data program, put a checkbox on those. Click Next.
When the Setup Process has finished, click Next.
Finally, click Close.
If you plan to access your SQL Server from an external client, you will have to open some firewall ports.
11 thoughts to “Installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008 R2”
can u give me the details of SQL server 2008 client installation
I have followed your instructions (twice). I am still running into a problem. SQL Agent will not start. I have followed these instructions on a Win Server 2008 box and they work. Where I am having a problem is with Win Server 2008R2. Is there something different about R2 that is preventing the Agent from running? How can I get around this?
@KnowUR. Do you get any error message in the Event Log?
InsomniacGeek – Yes I did. We figured it out. It was in the Windows E. Log. I had not checked there. The SQL Service account did not have access to a specific dir: System32.
Thanks, I last installed SQL 3 years ago, so this was helpful in remembering what i did last
This was a fantastic tutorial, along with the other one on installing all of the prerequisites. I successfully installed an SQL Server.
I cant believe that you did this long tutorial but didint even show where to find this on the win server 2008 r2 gui,. people make tutorials because they know some people dont know how to do it, you’re so stupid that you didint even show it from the start of the installation
@Bob, thanks for the “compliment”. If you please can indulge me in what you mean by “find this…”.
How to find you SQL Server installation DVD?
If you could be so kind to elaborate on this I would be even more grateful.
really very help full for me.
thank you very much
when I install sql server 2008 in server 2008 I receive warning message ( installing SQL Server 2008 on a domain controller is not recommended) plz help me on it
One step confused me – “Use the same account for all SQL Server services”. In my copy of Windows 2008 R2, there was no existing user called DBService, so I had to go to the Admin tool and create that user.