I am trying to install SQL Server 2016 on a server that already has SQL Server 2012 instances installed - all of the shared and instance features of the 2012 version have been installed also. I do not have an option of uninstalling these and I just need to install a separate, independent SQL SERVER 2016 instance.
According to MS, side-by-side is supported. But then it says: "you cannot prepare a SQL Server 2016 instance side by side with a prepared instance of SQL Server 2012"
What does this mean? So can I have them side-by-side without any issues or not?
Thank you very much