SQL 2012 Express Edition Media Preparation
Before FineBuild can be used, the install media must be prepared. This section explains what needs to be done.
The install media preparation includes downloading the items below. Ensure you comply with your site standards regarding downloading, virus checking and licensing of this software.
FineBuild works with all variations of Express Edition, but the recommended variation is
Express Edition with Advanced Services
. If you do not use this variation then you must add a parameter to FineBuild when it is run:
|SQL Express with Advanced Services 32-bit
|SQL Express with Advanced Services 64-bit
|SQL Express with Tools 32-bit
|SQL Express with Tools 64-bit
|Basic SQL Express 32-bit
|Basic SQL Express 64-bit
When the preparation is complete, the install media will contain the folders shown below, but you can also use
SQL Media Alternative Folder Names
||Additional Microsoft and community components used in this build. The same Additional Components folder can be used by all version of FineBuild.
||Install scripts. These scripts are described in the FineBuild Reference manual
||Service Pack and Hotfix install media
||SQL Server install media from Microsoft
Install Media Preparation Example
The procedure for preparing the install media for 32-bit Express Edition is described below. A similar process is used for preparing the 64-bit Express Edition media.
The download locations given below were correct as of 23 May 2012, but they may change if new versions of these components are released or non-English versions are downloaded. The file names given in the
configuration file for these components should be updated if the file name of a component has changed. Products that have national language support for at least one non-English language are shown by a NLS value of
The following items must be completed before FineBuild can be used.
SQL Server Install Media
This section prepares the SQL install media for use by FineBuild.
1) Create a folder called SQL2012-ExpressX86
2) Create a sub-folder of SQL2012-ExpressX86 called SQLMedia
3) Copy the SQL Server 2012 Express installation file into SQLMedia folder
Hotfixes and other media
1) Create a sub-folder of SQL2012-ExpressX86 called Additional Components
- The same Additional Components folder can be used for all versions of FineBuild
2) Create a sub-folder of Additional Components called Redist
3) Download the following components into the Additional Components\Redist
4) Create a sub-folder of SQL2012-ExpressX86 called Service Packs
5) Copy the FineBuild folder into the SQL2012-ExpressX86 folder
6) It is recommended that the version of NTRIGHTS.EXE
supplied with FineBuild are replaced by versions from a trusted source.
Obtain a copy of Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools, and copy the following files into the
folder, overwriting the version already in the folder. The Windows 2003 version is also used for Windows 2008 and above.
7) If you are planning to install SQL 2012 on Windows 2008 R2, then you must install Service Pack 1 for Windows 2008 R2 before you run FineBuild.
The following items are optional. If you do not want a given component then do not download it
Microsoft and Community Components
FineBuild can optionally include various Microsoft and Community components in the SQL install process.
1) Download the following Microsoft and Community components into the Additional Components
folder. If you do not want a given component then do not download it.
It is suggested that where any of the Community components are used, a donation is made to the author of the component
SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates
FineBuild can optionally include SQL Server Service Packs and Cumulative Updates in the SQL install process.
1) Download the required Service Pack for SQL Server 2012
The Service Pack must be placed in a sub-folder of the \Service Packs
folder, as shown in the table below. All Service Packs are cumulative, so if you want to install Service Pack 3 you do not need to also install the previous Service Packs.
2) Download the required Cumulative Update for the Service Pack
The Cumulative Update must be placed in the same folder as the Service Pack (eg
). All Cumulative Updates for a Service Pack are cumulative, so if you install Cumulative Update 5 you do not need to also install the previous Cumulative Updates.
configuration file holds details of Cumulative Updates up to RTM CU1 for FineBuild v3.1.0. The
configuration file holds details of Cumulative Updates up to SP1 CU1 for FineBuild v3.2.0. If additional Cumulative Updates have been downloaded, update the configuration file accordingly.
The table below gives the KB Article to find the list of Cumulative Updates for your Service Pack.
Upgrades to SQL Install Media
FineBuild can optionally upgrade various components supplied in the SQL install media to more recent versions. If you want to take advantage of this, then download the components listed below.
1) There are no upgrades to the SQL Install media available at present.
2) The SQL2012-Std folder is now ready for use.
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