Want to speed up the SQL Server Setup Installation Wizard

In SQL Server 2008 R2, we added the command line parameter /UIMODE=AutoAdvance. The official documentation is at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144259(SQL.105).aspx. If you add this command line parameter when running SQL Server Setup.exe, all non-essential dialogs will be skipped.    Note: Due to a known bug, it is also necessary to specify the Action or Scenario, such as…


How to slipstream SQL Server 2008 R2 and a Cumulative Update (CU)

Now that CUs are beginning to ship for SQL Server 2008 R2, I figured I needed to send out updated slipstream instructions for SQL Server 2008 R2. Since the original release of SQL Server 2008 R2 knows how to slipstream, the instructions are easier.  There are 2 different ways to slipstream. The first way, let’s…


I’m heading to TechEd in New Orleans for TechEd 2010

If you will be there and have feedback on SQL Server Setup come by and see me.  I will be answering questions around upgrade at the Database Platform (DAT) Track.


The new SQL Server Setup Portal is live on TechNet

Check it out: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/ff625277.aspx.   This is just the initial phase of a solution-based portal page to help you discover useful Setup content. The content will continue to evolve.