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How to add Full Text Search to existing instance

Hi,

My application is distributed with SQL Server 2014 Express.
Full Text Search currently isn't installed.
As SQL Server is running on customer's computer I was wandering if there is a way to add Full Text Search to those existing instances? Preferably without bothering the customer to much.
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Stef Merlijn
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
You can install Full Text Search feature by running again the SQL Server setup and select only that Feature.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Mind that you need to have SQL Server Express with Advanced Services edition to be able to install Full Text Search.
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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
But is there a way to do this without bothering the customer with it?
Do some background install or at least without any dialogs, so nothing can go wrong.
Maybe distribute some installer that does it for them???
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes, you can use a script to run the Silent Install option. I didn't test it but should be something like:
SETUP.exe /Q /SkipRules=RebootRequiredCheck /ACTION=install /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms=True /FEATURES=FULLTEXT

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Please confirm the parameters with this MSDN article.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Delphiwizard, did you go for the silent install solution?
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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Yes, I got it working for new installations, but for existing customers I will probably need to install it manually as a lot of customers are still on SQL Server 2008 edition (and without Full Text search option).
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