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Install SQL Server 2008 Express via command line

Posted on 2013-06-05
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I am trying to figure out the code to install SQL Server 2008 Express Engine from the command line as part of my installation package.  We previously used SQL Server 2005 Express Engine (upgrading the tool set), but SQL Server 2008 Express Engine installer has more required options (or, so it appears to).  The following does not work.  However, it processes for a while before it abruptly stops.  the screen disappears, and I have no idea what the problem is.  How do I create a log, and what is wrong with the below command line entry?  Thanks for any help.

SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe /qs /ACTION=Install /BROWSERSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /SQLSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /FEATURES=SQL /INSTANCENAME=MYDB /SAPWD="SQL2008UpgradePassword" /SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS="sa" /SECURITYMODE="SQL" /AGTSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\Network Service" /ISSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\Local Service"  /RSSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\Local Service"

The below previous version for SQL Server 2005 Express worked just fine, but I'm not sure how to get it working for 2008.

sqlexpr.exe /qb INSTANCENAME=TPSDB ASACCOUNT="sa" SAPWD="SQL2005UpgradePassword" ADDLOCAL=SQL_Engine,SQL_Data_Files SQLAUTOSTART=1 SECURITYMODE=SQL
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by:didnthaveaname
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You don't need the /sqlsysadminaccounts="sa".  

I did notice that in the BOL, it specifies issvcaccount and rssvcaccount as required, but I'm pretty sure that's only if those features are installed.

Additionally, for verbose progress, you can use /indicateprogress and just pipe it to a file, but i'm pretty sure the logging should be in: program files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\LOG
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by:spazjr01
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No matter what I do I cannot get either any basic command line installation of SQL Server Express 2008 to work, nor can I see log files in the mentioned directory.  At this point, after trying all day, I'd like someone to just give me the bare basic syntax for installing any SQL Server Express 2008 Engine instance.  Then, I could work toward what I need from there.  I've been all over the web using various examples and none have worked for me.  What gives?
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And, what is the syntax for using /indicateprogress to "just pipe it to a file"? Can't find that example any where.
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by:spazjr01
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Okay.  I finally found the log files.  Now, if I understand the error, it is failing because SQL Server 2008 is already installed.  I get this message in the log:  "No features were installed during the setup execution.  The requested features may have already been installed."  Now, I do have a default local instance of SQL Server 2008 installed.  But, I am now trying to install the TPSDB instance with the SQL Server 2008 Express installer.  I was able to do this all day long with 2005.  How do I solve this dilemma?
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Solved my own problem.  For 64-bit machines:

SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe /INSTANCEID=TPSDB /ACTION=INSTALL /FEATURES=SQLENGINE /INDICATEPROGRESS=False /QS /ERRORREPORTING=False /INSTANCEDIR="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server" /SQMREPORTING=False /INSTANCENAME=TPSDB /AGTSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Manual /ISSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /ISSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService" /ASSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /ASCOLLATION=Latin1_General_CI_AS /ASDATADIR=Data /ASBACKUPDIR=Backup /ASTEMPDIR=Temp /ASCONFIGDIR=Config /ASPROVIDERMSOLAP=1 /SQLSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /FILESTREAMLEVEL=0 /ENABLERANU=True /SQLCOLLATION=SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS /SQLSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE" /SECURITYMODE=SQL /ADDCURRENTUSERASSQLADMIN=True /TCPENABLED=0 /NPENABLED=0 /BROWSERSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Disabled /RSSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /RSINSTALLMODE=FilesOnlyMode /INSTALLSHAREDDIR="c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server" /X86=True /SAPWD=SQL2008UpgradePassword

For 32-bit machines:
SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe /INSTANCEID=TPSDB /ACTION=INSTALL /FEATURES=SQLENGINE /INDICATEPROGRESS=False /QS /ERRORREPORTING=False /INSTANCEDIR="C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server" /SQMREPORTING=False /INSTANCENAME=TPSDB /AGTSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Manual /ISSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /ISSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService" /ASSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /ASCOLLATION=Latin1_General_CI_AS /ASDATADIR=Data /ASBACKUPDIR=Backup /ASTEMPDIR=Temp /ASCONFIGDIR=Config /ASPROVIDERMSOLAP=1 /SQLSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /FILESTREAMLEVEL=0 /ENABLERANU=True /SQLCOLLATION=SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS /SQLSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE" /SECURITYMODE=SQL /ADDCURRENTUSERASSQLADMIN=True /TCPENABLED=0 /NPENABLED=0 /BROWSERSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Disabled /RSSVCSTARTUPTYPE=Automatic /RSINSTALLMODE=FilesOnlyMode /INSTALLSHAREDDIR="c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server" /SAPWD=SQL2008UpgradePassword
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