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SQL 2012 Express on Essentials 2012R2

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I am trying to install SQL 2012 Express on an Essentials 2012R2 server and am getting nowhere.

It started with a few issues. Someone else did the server build and they did not load Framework 3.5, did not allocate an IP address and did not load DHCP role. So I did all those things.

Now it loads but will not start the service. According to the error message I need to change the account. I have tried a few and it still will not start.

I am wondering if there is a compatibility issue with Essentials 2012 R2?
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Question by:Alex Angus
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by:franklintech
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I have a customers server running 2012 essentials with SQLexpress 2012 so im pretty sure compatibility won't be your issue.
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I am wondering if there is a compatibility issue with Essentials 2012 R2?
Nope, SQL Express 2012 is definitely compatible with Essentials 2012 R2. See this page for confirmation (scroll down to the table for SQL Server Express): http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/ms143506(v=SQL.110).aspx

Now it loads but will not start the service. According to the error message I need to change the account. I have tried a few and it still will not start.
What account was it trying to use to start the service? Note that starting from Server 2008 you can no longer use a local service account for SQL if you have it installed on a Domain Controller.

See the Installing SQL Server on a domain controller section in this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144228(v=sql.110).aspx

Have you tried creating a regular user account in AD (e.g. sqlservice), granting this account the necessary permissions on your server, then using this account to start the SQL services?
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by:Alex Angus
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It says:
Windows could not start the SQL Server (SQLEXPESS) on local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to service-specific error code 945.
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by:VB ITS
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Can you please answer the questions in my previous post?
Have you tried creating a regular user account in AD (e.g. sqlservice), granting this account the necessary permissions on your server, then using this account to start the SQL services?
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by:Alex Angus
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Tried that different account but it did not work. Maybe I did it wrong as I am not a MS expert but I could see that the problem is the AD.
I gave up in the early hours of this morning and just installed SQL 2008 Express which is now working fine. Not the perfect solution but  by the time the next upgrade comes around it will probably all be in the cloud anyway.
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