SQL 2014 migration proces

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have a physical server of Windows and SQL server 2008 R2 deployed and installed by previous IT person.
Now I have installed Windows 2012 R2 sever where I am planning to install SQL 2014. How would I find the report of installed SQL feature on SQL 2008 r2 server to ensure that select required list of features and instances for SQL during installation?
What is the recommended process and pre-requistes of migrating from SQL 2008 r2 to SQL 2014 standard. What is the best practices for SQL 2014 deployment in terms of drive separation for database or log files.
My SQL 2008 server is a physical server and the new server 2012 r2 for SQL is a virtual server with ISCSI drive mapped from netapps.
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First to find out what you have installed.  On the 2008 R2 server go to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log
and look for a folder that looks like a date.  In the folder there should be a file Settings.xml and look for an entry like this:

<Setting Id="FEATURES" Value="The features should be here" ... />

Migrating requirements are subjective to your environment. Depending on how large your databases are and how active the transactions are for the system. Also tolerance for downtime.

I typically will log ship my databases to the new server and migrate the Logins and credentials and stuff from the 2008 R2 master database and then when the time comes to cutover, I back up the log on the source with NORECOVERY (tail of the log) and then ship the last log to the destination and RESTORE ... WITH RECOVERY.

The typical advice for files is that you separate your Data, Log, TempDB, System Data files to separate drives.

The physical vs. virtual should not make a whole lot of difference except for resources.  If you have a larger physical server than virtual (8 CPUs vs 4 VCPUs) you should try to match the resources on the VM to the physical in size (RAM, Disk, CPU, etc).  Also ensure that you have Locked Pages in Memory set for your SQL Server Service account in the  Local Security Policy.
@installed SQL feature on SQL 2008 r2 server to ensure that select required list of features and instances for SQL during installation?

You can open sql server configuration manager and find the services installed.

1. SQL server Analysis services --- if installed.
2. SQl server intigration service -- if installed
3. SQl server reporting service -- if installed
4. SQL full text service.
5. SQl service.  -- should be there
6. SQL agent service -- should be there
7. SQl browser service -- should be there

There will be separate SQL server services installed if multiple instances. if one instance then one sql server service.

A general information you can get from here before installation.

Keep data file and log files on seperate drive.
eg: drive G for data file and L for log file.
Place temp DB on seperate drive from user databases.

place system db on seperate drive.


Estimate the space requirement for databases.
Estimate the space requirement for backups.
Estimate the down time require.
Test the connectivity.
Script out all jobs and logins from existing server to add in new server.


I could not locate the file Settings.xml on the specified path.I found three folder with date format and none of them host Settings.xml.

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Did you see any .ini files?


Mostly text HTML and cabinet file no ini files in log folder. But there is subfolder like datastore, resource on each date formatted sub-folder of log folder

ok. I believe SQL server is 64 bit. You can find the log
in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log'

check summary.txt in log folder here you can find all installed components
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Mine is in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20150611_034121\ConfigurationFile.ini. Just the date & time should be different for you.
Then you'll find the FEATURES's line, around 15th line.
But you can also check in Add Remove Programs to see what's installed.

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