I am trying to install SQL 2014 through command line (via my installer setup to be precise).

Below is the INSTALL Command I use for a silent Installation of my SQL Server.


As can be seen, I am installing the named instance (PANDA) and FEATURE is SQLEngine

Now everything runs fine unless I have an existing SQL 2012/2014 installation.

Upon researching, I found that Any installation of SQL 2012/2014 also installs SQL 2012 Native Client Tools. And when that exists, the setup fails.

I can not ask users to uninstall it first. Instead, if there is a way where we can ask our install to skip installing SQL 2012 Native Client Tools so that the setup may continue.

I checked and it looks like there is a Feature command "SNAC_SDK"which installs the required tools. However I have not specified that in command.

Any reason why it could be failing and if I am doing something wrong.

Please let me know.



  • Interesting question. Accordingly to msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144259.aspx#Feature SQLEngine must not install tools at all. If you have that in your environment, file a bug report and see what MS says. – Slava Murygin Sep 11 '16 at 17:09
  • BTW. In SQL2016 used following command and no tools were installed. Even sqlcmd: d:\setup.exe /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms /Q /FEATURES=SQL /INSTANCENAME=SQLServer2016 /SAPWD=P4nd4123 /ACTION=Install /SECURITYMODE=SQL /UpdateEnabled=0 /SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS="MyWindowsAdminAccount" – Slava Murygin Sep 11 '16 at 18:26
  • Did/can you try with SQL 2014 Express (which is what I tried). – Ashutosh Vyas Sep 13 '16 at 5:43
  • Ok. Tried again and the command did not install SQL 2012 Native client when I do a fresh install. However, if there is SQL 2012 Native Client Installed, it fails. How can I get that to work – Ashutosh Vyas Sep 16 '16 at 5:44
  • Uninstall the client? – Slava Murygin Sep 18 '16 at 22:07

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