I'd like to follow best practices. However, is it overkill to create a new service account (with minimal access and no special rights) and then use that account to install SQL Server?

Are there downsides if I do the installation under my administrator account?

Side note: I already have separate service accounts that will run SQL Server engine and SQL Server Agent service.

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There is no need or benefit to installing under a dedicated account as long as you are following other account-based best practices.

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