Sample Configurationfile.ini

Below is a sample configurationfile.ini which can be used for an unattended/automatic installation of SQL 2012/2014

This file is usually found here [for SQL 2012 installs]:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\Log

For 2014 Installations, change 110 to 120 in the above path. To generate this, run the GUI setup almost to the end, answering installation questions and then exit before kicking off the installation when the gui shows in a box that this file .ini has been created and will be used for the gui setup of SQL Server.

See this reference webpage for more details – click here.

Modify and save as a text file and use as needed, as shown below, running the setup.exe from your SQL Serverinstallation CDROM/installation program folder.

Setup.exe /ConfigurationFile=MyConfigurationFile.INI


;SQL Server 2012 Configuration File

; Specifies a Setup work flow, like INSTALL, UNINSTALL, or UPGRADE. This is a required parameter.


; Detailed help for command line argument ENU has not been defined yet.


; Parameter that controls the user interface behavior. Valid values are Normal for the full UI,AutoAdvance for a simplied UI, and EnableUIOnServerCore for bypassing Server Core setup GUI block.


; Setup will not display any user interface.


; Setup will display progress only, without any user interaction.


; Specify whether SQL Server Setup should discover and include product updates. The valid values are True and False or 1 and 0. By default SQL Server Setup will include updates that are found.


; Specifies features to install, uninstall, or upgrade. The list of top-level features include SQL, AS, RS, IS, MDS, and Tools. The SQL feature will install the Database Engine, Replication, Full-Text, and Data Quality Services (DQS) server. The Tools feature will install Management Tools, Books online components, SQL Server Data Tools, and other shared components.


; Specify the location where SQL Server Setup will obtain product updates. The valid values are “MU” to search Microsoft Update, a valid folder path, a relative path such as .\MyUpdates or a UNC share. By default SQL Server Setup will search Microsoft Update or a Windows Update service through the Window Server Update Services.


; Displays the command line parameters usage


; Specifies that the detailed Setup log should be piped to the console.


; Specifies that Setup should install into WOW64. This command line argument is not supported on an IA64 or a 32-bit system.


; Specify the root installation directory for shared components.  This directory remains unchanged after shared components are already installed.

INSTALLSHAREDDIR=”C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server”

; Specify the root installation directory for the WOW64 shared components.  This directory remains unchanged after WOW64 shared components are already installed.

INSTALLSHAREDWOWDIR=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server”

; Specify a default or named instance. MSSQLSERVER is the default instance for non-Express editions and SQLExpress for Express editions. This parameter is required when installing the SQL Server Database Engine (SQL), Analysis Services (AS), or Reporting Services (RS).


; Specify the Instance ID for the SQL Server features you have specified. SQL Server directory structure, registry structure, and service names will incorporate the instance ID of the SQL Server instance.


; Specify that SQL Server feature usage data can be collected and sent to Microsoft. Specify 1 or True to enable and 0 or False to disable this feature.


; Specify if errors can be reported to Microsoft to improve future SQL Server releases. Specify 1 or True to enable and 0 or False to disable this feature.


; Specify the installation directory.

INSTANCEDIR=”C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server”

; Agent account name


; Auto-start service after installation.


; CM brick TCP communication port


; How matrix will use private networks


; How inter brick communication will be protected


; TCP port used by the CM brick


; Startup type for the SQL Server service.


; Level to enable FILESTREAM feature at (0, 1, 2 or 3).


; Set to “1” to enable RANU for SQL Server Express.


; Specifies a Windows collation or an SQL collation to use for the Database Engine.


; Account for SQL Server service: Domain\User or system account.


; Windows account(s) to provision as SQL Server system administrators.

SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS=”mydomain\myusername” “mypassword”

; The default is Windows Authentication. Use “SQL” for Mixed Mode Authentication.


; The Database Engine root data directory.

INSTALLSQLDATADIR=”D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server”

; Default directory for the Database Engine backup files.

SQLBACKUPDIR=”M:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.SVR2\MSSQL\Backup”

; Default directory for the Database Engine user database logs.

SQLUSERDBLOGDIR=”M:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.SVR2\MSSQL\Data”

; Directory for the Database Engine TempDB log files.

SQLTEMPDBLOGDIR=”M:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.SVR2\MSSQL\Data”

; Provision current user as a Database Engine system administrator for SQL Server 2012 Express.


; Specify 0 to disable or 1 to enable the TCP/IP protocol.


; Specify 0 to disable or 1 to enable the Named Pipes protocol.


; Startup type for Browser Service.


; Add description of input argument FTSVCACCOUNT