Install SQL Server 2014 Express Edition

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express Edition is a free, compact version of the popular enterprise database server. The Express Edition is ideal for database professionals looking for a desktop testing environment, or for database or SQL Server entry-level students who need a platform that they can install on a PC to create a learning environment.

  1. Determine if SQL Server 2014 Express Edition fits your needs
  2. Download the SQL Server Express Installer
  3. File Extraction
  4. Installation Center for SQL Server Express
  5. Microsoft update
  6. Function selection
  7. Instance Configuration
  8. Server Configuration
  9. DBMS kernel configuration
  10. Complete the installation

Determine if SQL Server 2014 Express Edition fits your needs

There are some limitations for SQL Server 2014 Express Edition that you should be aware of before you decide to install. After all, this is a free version of an extremely powerful and expensive database platform. These restrictions include:

  • Installations can use up to four processor cores, regardless of what is installed on the server.

  • Databases created with the Express Edition are limited to 10 GB.

  • The Express Edition does not provide the database mirroring, log submission, or publishing merging features offered in the larger product.

  • SQL Server Express Edition does not include Oracle replication features.

SQL Server 2014 Express Edition requires 4.2 GB disk space, 4 GB RAM, 1 GHz Intel-compatible processor or faster. Supported operating systems are Windows 10, 7 and 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.

Download the SQL Server Express Installer

Download the appropriate installation file for the version of SQL Server 2014 Express Edition that best suits your operating system and your needs. Go to the Microsoft download page and choose whether you need the 32-bit or 64-bit version of SQL Server, depending on your operating system, and then choose whether you want the version that includes the SQL Server utilities. If you haven’t already installed the tools on your computer, include them in your download.

File Extraction

The installer will start asking you to confirm the folder where you want to extract the files needed for the installation process. You can accept the default and click Okay † During this process, which can take 5 to 10 minutes, you will see a status window.

The extraction window disappears and nothing happens for a while. Wait patiently. Finally, you will see a message asking if SQL Server 2014 is allowed to make changes to your computer. Answer Yes † You will then see the message “Please wait while SQL Server 2014 Setup is processing the current operation.” Stay patient.

Installation Center for SQL Server Express

The SQL Server installer then opens the “SQL Server Installation Center” window. click on the link New SQL Server standalone installation or add features to an existing installation to continue the installation process. The message “Please wait while the SQL Server 2014 installation is processing the current operation” is displayed.

In the next screen you will be asked to read and accept the Microsoft license agreement.

Microsoft update

You are prompted to decide whether to use Microsoft Update to automatically update SQL Server. For security reasons, check this box and click Further Get on.

SQL Server opens a series of windows with various preliminary tests and installs some required support files. None of these windows should force you to do anything unless there are problems on your system.

Function selection

In the Select Features window that appears, you can configure the SQL Server features that will be installed on your system. If you plan to use this database offline for basic database testing, you do not need to install SQL Server replication. In this window, you can also choose not to install any administration tools or the connection SDK if you do not need them on your system. This basic example accepts the default values. Press the button Further Get on.

SQL Server runs a series of checks labeled “Installation Rules” during the installation process and automatically advances to the next screen if there are no errors. You can accept the default settings in the instance configuration screen and click the button again Further

Instance Configuration

In the Instance Configuration screen, you can choose whether to create a default instance or a separately named instance of SQL Server 2014 on this computer. If your computer is not running multiple instances of SQL Server, you must accept the default settings.

Server Configuration

After verifying that you have enough disk space on your system to complete the installation, the installer opens the Server Configuration window. This screen is used to set up the accounts that will run the SQL Server services.

Otherwise click the button Further to accept the default settings and continue. You can also accept the default settings in the following Database Engine configuration and error reporting screens.

DBMS kernel configuration

The Database Engine Control Panel prompts you to select the Database Engine Authentication mode. Select the option that suits your computing environment and click Further Get on.

If you’re not sure which option to choose, see Choosing SQL Server Authentication Mode for more information.

Complete the installation

The installer starts the installation process. This can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the functions and features of the server you select.

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