Automating installation of SQL Server, SSDT, Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2012

Automated and unattended installations Being able to install software fully automated can significantly reduce download times, walking through many graphical setup tools and waiting to provide options, that you can typically fully automate.The following use case scenario will show you why, and will give you insights on how I was able to install 5 Surface Pros…

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How to install a .MSI file unattended

As part of our hands-on-lab builds (www.microsoft.com/sqlserverlabs), I frequently have to install .MSI files.Using unattended installations for the majority of software installations significantly reduces installation time. The process below indicates how to install a .MSI unattended.   How to install an MSI file unattended MSIEXEC /a “product.msi” /qn Example: MSIEXEC /a “d:\downloads\DataExplorer_1.0.3207.2 (64-bit)” /qn Typically…

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get your hands dirty with SQL Server 2012 SP1

Today I am happy to share with you that we released our updated hands-on-labs to our public portal. On www.microsoft.com/sqlserverlabs you’ll find a set of pre-configured hands-on-labs that will allow you to get your hands dirty on the latest and greatest technology and features in SQL Server 2012. The nice thing about our labs is…

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SQL Server BareMetal Workshop series - part 1: How to build an installation VHD file that includes all software needed to start with SQL Server 2012 Database and Business Intelligence

I truly wanted to write this type of blog long time ago, but given the fact that next week I am teaching our SQL Server 2012 Workshop, for which I did the primary design and development (and thus also delivery),I think it is very time appropriate to start with these series now. In these series,…

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by popular demand - SQL BareMetal scripts

If you ever attended any of our SQL BareMetal Hands-on-Labs or Workshop, pretty sure you were excited about some of the scripting. On popular demand I have looked at an easy way to distribute some of that scripting, and in the future we will continue to update these scripts with the upcoming and planned SQL…

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SQL Server 2012 BareMetal Workshop - Are you an MCT?

Are you a Microsoft Certified Trainer that teaches SQL Server 2012? Based on the succes of our BareMetal Hands-on-Labs and Instructor Led Labs we are building a 2 Day Workshop for Business Intelligence and Mission Critical. Are you interested in becoming one of the referenced trainers and ready to attend the TTT in January? -…

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Firewall Configurations for SQL Server

I’ve been asked the question many times, and you probably have seen it before …The “warning” message that displays during a SQL Server installation and warns you about “Firewall” configurations. To optimize for a minimal footprint and maximum security, configuring the right firewall settings might be a bit hard for some of us, or even…

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SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP 3 - Product Guide

Our team is pleased to announce  the release of the SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide v1.  It is available for download at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=225814.  The SQL Server Code Name “Denali”CTP3 Product Guide includes useful resources and demos that will help customersin their evaluation of CTP3.  14 Product Datasheets         8 PowerPoint Presentations5…

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BareMetal Hands-on-Labs and workshop - current and futures

Anyone who attended TechED, SQL PASS Summit, any internal Microsoft events or the MVP Summit on SQL must have heard about BareMetal hands-on-labs.Based on the interest, feedback and request to add the script files and manuals I am attaching the current DRAFT version of the Mission Critical Manual to this post. Now be aware that…

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