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SQL Server 2012 Express on Essentials 2012 DC

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I have a client with a single server Windows Server 2012 Essentials domain and they need to run SQL Server 2012 on this machine. I know this is not recommended but is it possible?. The database is not heavily used as it only has three users.

When initially trying to do this I ran into errors

"the sql server 2012 service account is invalid on domain controller"

I tried changing the account to domain accounts with equivalent admin access but got the same errors.

Any help most appreciated.

KJP
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yes it is possible; essentials is listed as supported for sql express

Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506(v=sql.110).aspx
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Thank you for your reply Seth. The linked document also states at the bottom not recommended to install on a DC.

I have tried installing SQL 2012 Express on this MS 2012 essentials server,  but keep running into the

 "the sql server 2012 service account is invalid on domain controller" error during installation.
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Never tried but can you set the service account to Local System?
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Hi Vitor thanks for the reply. No you can't do this it gives the above error!!.
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By this article I don't think you will be able to install the SQL Server in a DC.
Don't you have another server? Or at least a VM so you can install SQL Server?
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Hi Vitor, Yes I think I will have to find another way! It does look as if I will have to find another server!. Thanks anyway
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