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How to install SQL Server 2008 R2 for SAP

In this article I’ll show you step-by-step how to Install SAP SQL Server 2008 R2 Instance on SAP Windows Server environment. The sequence of installation to build your SAP system Landscape in Windows is (the installation sequence is slightly different when you do in UNIX/LINUX):
1. Install SAP Database Software (Oracle/SQL/MaxDB//DB2)
2. Install SAP Central System (DB Instance/ASCS/CI)

or
1. Install SAP Database Software (Oracle/SQL/MaxDB//DB2)
2. Install SAP Database Instance
3. Install SAP Central Instance

After that you can continue to do Install SAP Dialog Instance.

Before you are able to Install step 2 and 3 above you have to finish installing a database software first. In this example i use MS SQL Server 2008 R2 as database software on Windows Server 2008 R2.

You can install it in unattended mode using SQL4SAP.vbs script provided or install it manually.
By using script you don’t need to choose many parameter, and the script will do everything.

I’ll show you both.

A. INSTALLING SQL Server 2008 R2 for SAP in unattended mode.

1. Locate your SQL server 2008 R2 RDBMS. Double-Click SQL4SAP.VBS

How-to-install-SAP-SQL-001
SQL4SAP.vbs

2. On next screen you’ll be asked to enter DB SID, or leave it blank if you want to make it Default.

DB SID for SAP SQL Server Instance
DB SID for SAP SQL Server Instance

3. Choose NO to install in customized mode.

4. Click OK to start the installation.

Install SAP SQL Server 2008
Summary

5. Make sure your installation is finished successfully.

SAP SQL installation is finished

Now you’re ready to install SAP Central Instance or SAP Database Instance.

B. INSTALLING SQL Server 2008 R2 Manually.
1. Before you are able to install SQL Server 2008 R2 you have to install .NET Framework first, using command:
#servermanagercmd -install NET-Framework-Core

Install .NET Framework

Make sure the installation is running

and make sure the installation is finished successfully

.NET Framework installed successfully

2. Now you locate the setup.exe file in your RDBMS SQL (in folder x86-x64-IA64\EnterpriseEdition). Run as administrator.

Ready to install RDBMS SQL

3. Choose Installation

How to install SQL Server 2008 R2 for SAP
Initial Screen

4. Choose “New Installation …. ”

How to install SQL Server 2008 R2 for SAP

5. Choose Run

How to install SQL Server 2008 R2 for SAP
Asking permission to run setup

6. Choose OK on next screen. If there’s failed operation or warning then check it.

Setup Support Rules

7. Enter the product Key.

MSSQL Server 2008R2 Product Key

8. Accept the License Terms

MSSQL Server 2008R2 License Term

9. Choose Install on “Setup Support Files”

MSSQL Server 2008R2 Support File

10. Installation in progress

Check for failed operation or warning.

11. Choose “Feature Installation”

MSSQL 2008 R2 Feature Installation

12. Select all features, except:

  • Replication Services / SQL Server Replication
  • Analysis Services
  • Reporting Services
  • Integration Services
  • Microsoft Sync Framework

Choose Next

MSSQL 2008 R2 Feature Installation

Check for failed installation or warning.

13. Put your Database SID and folder installation.

MSSQL 2008 R2 Database Instance

On next screen will show you the space requirement
Choose Next

MSSQL 2008 R2 space requirement

14. Choose Local User to startup SQL Server Service

MSSQL 2008 R2 Service

15. Choose “SQL_Latin1_General_CP850_BIN2” for collation.

MSSQL 2008 R2 Collation

Make sure the correct collation is chosen.

16. Choose Next for Error Reporting

MSSQL 2008 R2 Error Reporting

17. Check for failed operation and warning.

18. Now Ready to Install

Ready to install MSSQL 2008 R

19. Installation is in progress

MSSQL 2008 R2 in progress

Make sure the installation is completed successfully

MSSQL 2008 R2 is completed

20. Now you have to run some configuration, go to “SQL Server Configuration Manager”

21. Expand SQL Server Network Configuration –> Protocol for TRN
Choose “Named Pipes” –> Enable

Choose OK.

22. Restart the SQL Server service.

23. Now go to “SQL Server Management Studio”

24. Choose SQL Server Agent Properties

Change:
history log size to 5000
history rows per job to 1000
Tick “Remove agent history” and choose the appropriate time

Now you have finished your Database Instance Installation, and ready to Install SAP Central System or SAP Central Instance.

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