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Installing SQL Server on Windows Core

SQL FineBuild can install SQL Server (clustered or unclustered) on a server running Windows Server Core for Windows 2008 R2 or above.

Microsoft does not support SQL Server 2008 R2 or below on any version of Server Core, so if you wish to use this environment you need to accept the potential risks involved.

Installing SQL Server 2012 or above on Windows 2012 or above Server Core is supported by Microsoft.

Regardless of which version of SQL Server you intend to use, the following are recommended if you are installing on Windows Server Core:
If the user is not familiar with SQL FineBuild, it is strongly recommended that experience is gained using FineBuild on a normal operating system before running SQL FineBuild on Windows Server Core.

All SQL FineBuild options available for a normal install are also available for an install on Windows Server Core. However, the following options are applied regardless of any parameters supplied to SQL FineBuild, because the relevant components cannot be installed on a Windows Server Core system.

/SetupSQLTools:NO SQL Server client tools cannot be installed on Windows Server Core
/SetupProcExp:NO Process Explorer cannot be installed on Windows Server Core because the install media is held in a Zip file and support for Zip files does not exist on Windows Server Core
/SetupProcMon:NO Process Monitor cannot be installed on Windows Server Core because the install media is held in a Zip file and support for Zip files does not exist on Windows Server Core
/SetupDQ:NO Data Quality Services cannot be installed on Windows Server Core
/SetupMDS:NO Master Data Services cannot be installed on Windows Server Core
/SetupSQLRS:NO SSRS cannot be installed on Windows Server Core

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