Is it possible to install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter?

On the Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter - I have .Net Framework 3.5.1 Features(.Net Framework 3.5.1) and I even manually installed .Net Framework 4.

The operating system on this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for SQL Server 2012. For Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 operating systems, Service pack 2 or later is required. For windows 7 or windows server 2008 R2, Service pack 1 or later is required. For more information, see Hardware and software requirements for installing SQL Server 2012 at:


I tried to install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 & 2?

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    In the future, please copy and paste error messages, rather than post a screen shot of your whole screen. That avoids unnecessary image downloads for every reader, and also makes the error message searchable. Jan 16, 2017 at 16:08

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Yes, you can install SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2008 R2 (the matrix here - which is exactly where the link in your screenshot goes, if you had clicked it - shows the supported edition/OS combinations).

The error message you posted tells you exactly what you need to do without even going to that page: Apply Service Pack 1 to the operating system.

(Though - especially if setting up a new system - you should consider a more modern operating system, and a newer SQL Server version for that matter.)

  • If I am right then something like this - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1?
    – kerpekri
    Jan 16, 2017 at 15:13
  • @kerpekri You should apply the latest service pack available for your operating system. (You should be doing this even if software like SQL Server doesn't require it.) Jan 16, 2017 at 15:14
  • Thanks for help Aaron, everything works fine after update.
    – kerpekri
    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:13
  • is it possible to install Microsoft management studio on Windows Server 2008 r2 datacenter?
    – kerpekri
    Jan 19, 2017 at 14:41
  • @kerpekri Yes. Did you try it? The list of supported operating systems is here. Jan 19, 2017 at 14:50

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