In this how-to guide, we learn how to download and install SQL Server 2017 step by step. We will download the SQL Server developer edition / SQL Server Express edition and show you how to install it. The guide uses the Windows 10 OS. But you can install it in other editions of windows. The list of Supported OS, Hardware and software requirements are listed below
Other SQL Server Versions
Table of Contents
- Download SQL Server 2017
- Hardware & Software Requirements
- Install SQL Server 2017
- Next Steps
Download SQL Server 2017
SQ: Server is available in five editions. Which download you use depends on your use case.
- Developer Edition
- Express Edition
- Enterprise Edition
- Standard Edition
- Web Edition
If you are a developer and intended to use it to learn/develop/test a database application, then you should use the developer edition.
If you are an end-user and intended to use the SQL server in a production environment and size of your database is less than 10GB, then you can use the express edition.
For all other scenarios, you can use the Trial Version of Enterprise/Standard edition
The following link allows you to download the SQL Server 2017 Developer / Express Edition. Both versions are free to use
|SQL Server 2017 Enterprise/Standard|
|SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition||Download|
|SQL Server 2017 Express Edition||Download|
You can download the latest version of the following link. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-downloads. The Latest version is SQL Server 2019
Hardware & Software Requirements
Before downloading, you should know the software/hardware/OS requirement of the SQL Server
Hard disk space: Minimum 6 GB of available hard-disk space.
Monitor: Super-VGA 800X600 Resolution
Memory: 1 GB
Processor Speed: x64 Processor: 2.0 GHz
Processor Type: x64 Processor, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon EM64TT, Pentium 4 with EM64T
NET Framework 4.6 Download link
Install SQL Server 2017
Download the SQL Server from the link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-downloads. We choose the developer edition for this tutorial.
SQL Server2017-SSEI-Dev.exe, if you had chosen the Developer Edition
SQLServer2017-SSEI-Expr.exe if you had chosen the Express Edition
Double click on the downloaded file to start installing SQL Server 2017.
Select an Installation Type
Here, you have three choices.
- Download Media
Basic option installs only the essential features of SQL Server. It only asks for the License agreement and installation path
Download Media allows you to download all the installation to a local folder. You can then unzip and run the setup and install the SQL Server without needing an internet connection
The custom option allows you to pick and choose the features we wish to install. For this tutorial, let us choose the custom option.
Double click on Custom
This will download the install package. The install package automatically starts the SQL Server installation center
SQL Server Installation Center
Select Installation & then click on “New SQL Server standalone installation or features to an existing instance” to begin the installation
Enter the Product Key, if you have one.
Else you can choose the Free Edition like Developer/Express or Evaluation.
Accept the License Terms.
The next window identifies and displays the problems that may occur while installing the SQL server setup support files.
If there is any issue those will be highlighted in red here. The installation will not continue and you will have to take necessary action depending on the issue.
Click next to continue
Choose yes, if you wish to the installer to check Microsoft update site and download and install the latest updates. Else leave it
Next, the installer checks for the potential problems that may occur, while running the setup. If any of the rules fail, then you must correct them first. Otherwise, the installer will not continue.
This window displays several features that you install along with the SQL Server.
Data Engine Services: This is the core database engine or database itself. This must be selected
SQL Server Replication: The SQL Server Replication includes a set of technologies for creating an exact replica of the database from one database to another. It also synchronizes the database for consistency.
Machine Learning Services (In-Database) ( R & Python): Includes extensions that enable integration with R and Python languages using standard T-SQL statements.
Full Text and semantic Extractions for search: Includes a Search engine that supports Full-Text Extraction for fast text search as well as Semantic Extraction for keyphrases (likely tags) and similarity search on content stored in SQL Server.
Data Quality Services: Includes Data quality database objects.
Polybase Query Service for external data: Includes PolyBase technology that enables truly integrated querying across Hadoop non-relational data and SQL Server relational data using standard T-SQL statements.
if you select to install PolyBase, the setup will ask for the Oracle JRE. You can obtain the JRE installer from https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre8-downloads-2133155.html
Analysis Services: Includes Analysis Services and tools used to support online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining. Only Database Engine Services and Analysis Services can be clustered.
Machine Learning Server (Standalone) R & python: Includes Microsoft Machine Learning Server for Windows that provides parallelized big data analysis, transformation, modeling and operationalization capabilities.
Data Quality Client: Includes Data quality client objects.
Client Tools Connectivity: Includes components for communication between clients and servers.
Integration Services: Includes the designer, runtime, and utilities that enable Integration Services to move, integrate, and transform data between data stores.
Client Tools backward compatibility: Client Tools for Backwards Compatibility for older versions
Client Tools SDK: Includes the software development kit containing resources for programmers.
Distributed replay controller: Includes the Distributed Replay Controller which orchestrates the actions of the distributed replay clients.
Distributed replay client: Includes the Distributed Replay Client. Multiple Distributed Replay Clients work together to simulate a workload against an instance of SQL Server.
SQL Client Connectivity SDK: SQL Client Connectivity SDK will install SQL Server OLEDB and ODBC connectors that can be used to connect to SQL Server using.NET, Java, PHP or other programming languages. Includes SQL Server Native Client (ODBC / OLE DB) SDK for database application development.
Master Data Services: Includes Master Data Services, the platform for integrating data from disparate systems across an organization into a single source of master data for accuracy and auditing purposes. Installs the Master Data Services Configuration Manager, assemblies, PowerShell snap-in, and folders and files for Web applications and services.
Select the following
- Database Engine Services
- Client Tools Connectivity
- Client Tools for backward compatibility
- SQL Client Connectivity SDK
- Client Tools SDK
You can have multiple instances of the SQL Server running in the system. Each must have its own instance name
You can have one default instance. The default instance name is MSSQLSERVER. If you choose this, then you can then use your computer name (or IP address) to connect to that instance
All other instances must be named. You can then use name / to connect to that instance.
Choose the default instance.
Example of creating the Named Instance. You need to use the name /SQL2017 to connect to SQL Server
The Next window list the various services, which you can configure. This list of services displayed here depends on the Features selected.
Here, you need to specify the Account Name, Password and startup type for each service.
Keep the defaults and click on Next
Database Engine Configuration
Here you are asked to configure the database by providing the authentication mode & password for the SA user.
Under Authentication Mode, you have two options.
In this mode, the windows user is automatically recognized by SQL Server. The Windows security identifier (SID) is passed from Windows to SQL Server. The SQL Server does not store any user information and trusts the Windows user. The SA user gets disabled when you use this
Mixed Mode ( Windows Authentication and SQL Server authentication Mode)
In this mode, along with the Windows Users, the SQL Server also stores the user name & password in the database. In this scenario, you can connect to SQL Server either using the Windows account and using the user name/password stored in SQL Server itself
Choose Mixed Mode.
You have to enter the SA user password.
Also, click on Add Current User to add the Current Logged in User to SQL Server
You can also change the default folders used by the SQL Server from the tab Data Directories
Depending on the Features that you have selected, you will be presented with the configuration option for each feature.
Ready to Install
Finally, once all the configurations are done, you will be presented with a summary of the configuration you have selected. If you wish to change any of the configuration, you can click the back button and update.
Click on Install to begin the installation
The installation will take some time.
Once the installation is complete, you will see the following window.
If there are any errors in installation, you can open the installation log file to find out what went wrong.
Click on close to continue. Close the SQL Server Installation Center also
You may be asked to restart the computer.
Install the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). The SSMS is a GUI tool, which helps us to manage our SQL Server Installations. You can use it to connect to the SQL Server 2017, which we just installed.