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SQL 2012 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.

SQL Server 2012 can be installed on Windows Vista or Windows 2008 and above.

Mandatory Items SQL Server Install Media
Pre-Requisite media
Optional Items Upgrades to SQL Install Media
SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates
Microsoft and Community Components

The install media for SQL Server 2012 supplied by Microsoft is is normally downloaded from the internet or supplied on a single DVD. Each edition of SQL Server 2012 (e.g. Standard Edition, BI Edition) has its own set of install media.

When the preparation is complete, the install media will contain the folders shown below, but you can also use SQL Media Alternative Folder Names.

Folder Description
SQL Install Top-level folder containing all SQL Server install media
Additional Components Additional Microsoft and community components used in this build
SQL2012 Folder to contain all SQL Server 2012 install media
FineBuild Install scripts. These are described in FineBuild Components Inventory
Service Packs Service Pack and Hotfix install media
SQL2012_Std SQL Server install media from Microsoft

SQL 2012 Media Folders.png

Install Media Preparation Example

The procedure for preparing the install media for Standard Edition is described below. A similar process is used to prepare the install media for all other SQL Server Editions except for Express Edition. Please see SQL Media Alternative Folder Names for the folder names to use for other SQL Server editions.

The download locations given below were correct as of 17 August 2016, but they may change if new versions of these components are released or non-English versions are downloaded. The file names given in the SQL2012Config.xml 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 Y.

Mandatory Items

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 on a Network Drive. This can be called SQL Install or any other name you prefer.

2) Create a sub-folder called SQL2012

3) Copy the FineBuild folder into the SQL2012 folder

4) Create a sub-folder of SQL2012 called SQL2012_Std

5) Copy into SQL2012_Std the contents of install media DVD for SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition. If your install media is in an ISO file, this can be browsed using Pismo File Mount.

Pre-Rrequisite media

The following items are required in order to allow the SQL Server install to run

1) Create a sub-folder of SQL Install called Additional Components
  • This folder is used to hold all additional install media. For some components, you will be told to put the media into a sub-folder of Additional Components.
  • The same Additional Components folder can be used for all versions of FineBuild.
2) If you are installing on Windows Vista or Windows 2008, you must install the latest Service Pack for the operating system, and also install the following components:

Component Download Location NLS
.Net 3.5 See Install .Net 3.5 Y
Windows Installer 4.5 See Install Windows Installer 4.5 N
Powershell V2 See Install Powershell V2 N

3) If you are planning to install SQL 2012 on Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2, then you must install the latest Service Pack for the operating system.

4) If you are installing on Windows 8 or Windows 2012 and above, you must also install the following components:

Component Download Location NLS
.Net 3.5 See Install .Net 3.5 Y

5) It is recommended that the version of NTRIGHTS.EXE and REG.EXE supplied with FineBuild are replaced by versions from a trusted source. See Setup Utilities for details.

Optional Items

The following items are optional. If you do not want a given component then do not download it.

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) Download the following recommended updates to the SQL Server install media

Component Download Location NLS
.Net 4.0 See Install .Net 4.0 Y
.Net 4.x See Install .Net 4.x Y

SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates

FineBuild can optionally include SQL Server Service Packs and Cumulative Updates in the SQL install process.

1) Create a sub-folder of SQL2012_STD called Service Packs

2) 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.

Component Sub Folder Download Location NLS
SQL 2012 SP3 SP3 KB3072779 Y
SQL 2012 SP2 SP2 KB2958429 Y
SQL 2012 SP1 SP1 KB2674319 Y

For more details see Install SQL Service Pack.

3) Download the required Cumulative Update for the Service Pack

The Cumulative Update must be placed in the same folder as the Service Pack (eg \Service Packs\SP1). 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.

The SQL2012Config.xml configuration file holds details of Cumulative Updates up to SP3 CU4. 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.

Service Pack Cumulative Update List
SP3 KB3133750
SP2 KB2983249
SP1 KB2772858
RTM KB2692828

For more details see Install SQL Cumulative Update.

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

Component Download Location NLS
BOL Local Install See Install SQL Books Online Update Y
BIDS Helper See Install BIDS Helper N
Java DBC Driver See Install Java DBC Driver Y
MDX Studio See Install MDX Studio N
OLE Provider for DB2 See Install OLE Provider for DB2 N
Plan Explorer See Install Plan Explorer N
Plan Explorer SSMS Addin See Install Plan Explorer SSMS Addin N
Report Viewer Component See Install Report Viewer N
RML Utilities See Install RML Utilities N
RS Linked Report Generator See Install Linked Report Generator N
RS Scripter See Install Reporting Services Scripter N
SQL Internals Viewer See Install SQL Internals Viewer N
SQL Nexus See Install SQL Nexus N
SQL Performance Dashboard See Install SQL Performance Dashboard N
SQL Server Best Practice Analyzer See Install SQL Best Practice Analyzer N
SSIS Dimension Merge SCD See Install SSIS Dimension Merge SCD N
Sumatra PDF viewer See Install PDF Reader Y
Taskpad View custom report See Install Taskpad View Report N
Windows Access Based Enumeration See Install Access Based Enumeration N
Windows Process Explorer See Install Process Explorer N
Windows Process Monitor See Install Process Monitor N
XML Notepad 2007 See Install XML Notepad N
Zoomit See Install Zoomit N

2) The SQL 2012 Standard Edition install media is now ready for use.

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Last edited Aug 24, 2016 at 5:09 PM by EdVassie, version 14