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Scripted or Push install of a SQL Server Express 2012 Instance

Posted on 2014-03-13
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Is there a way either via a script or in group policy to automate or script an install of SQL Server Express 2012 for a given application?

I am trying to fully automate the process of deploying new machines in our network and one of our application installs needs an install of SQL Server Express 2012 as a prerequisite. I have not been able to find a way to do this.
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I have done this in the past and I referred to MS document listed below:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144259.aspx

Command below installs a new, stand-alone instance with the SQL Server Database Engine, Replication, and Full-Text Search components (as an example):

Setup.exe /q /ACTION=Install /FEATURES=SQL /INSTANCENAME=MSSQLSERVER /SQLSVCACCOUNT="<DomainName\UserName>" /SQLSVCPASSWORD="<StrongPassword>" /SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS="<DomainName\UserName>" /AGTSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\Network Service" /IACCEPTSQLSERVERLICENSETERMS
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by:Rob Sanders
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thank you for the fast response. Does this work for SQL Express as well? Also, I need it to be an SQL Express instance for the specific application that I am installing (I don't know if this makes a difference or not.)
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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Should work fine but I haven't tried express version.  Try it out and let me know.
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by:Rob Sanders
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That worked. Thanks for the help.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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Thanks for your quick response.  Glad to be of help and have a good day.
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