I need to create config file, so I could install sql server from cmd. I need basic server installation so I've downloaded SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU

I need to go through whole installation process til page "Ready to Install", where should be link to config file I need. BUT, there is no such thing in my installation setup window.

On microsoft webpage there is: http://i.msdn.microsoft.com/dynimg/IC505108.png

Although, the screen from MS is sql-server 2008.. How to get config file from installation sql-server-2012?

Here's my screen: enter image description here

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    The very last step before install should have the path to the configuration file. You have to continue through the wizard until that point. – Jon Seigel Jan 20 '14 at 17:09
  • There is no such way. Look at my screen. I've tried two times, and two times I've installed sql server :/ After Database Engine Configuration it starts install process. Maybe express edition is the issue ? – Marshall Jan 20 '14 at 20:06
  • I will ask different way: When I install sql server from wizard, is there ConfigurationFile created anyway? I've installed sql server EXPRESS from begin to the end, and cannot find any configuration file on my desktop :/ – Marshall Jan 20 '14 at 22:33
  • I took a look -- yes, there is. If you go into the install location, do a search for ConfigurationFile.ini. – Jon Seigel Jan 21 '14 at 0:20
  • I did, actually I have a path to the ConfigurationFile.ini in log when installation ends. There is dir, but no ConfigurationFile.ini... I search my whole C: for ConfigurationFile.ini - no such a file (I have ConfigurationFile.ini for uninstall action... but no for install) – Marshall Jan 21 '14 at 10:49

Ok, I found the solution...

When you have SQL Server 2012 EXPRESS edition, and you want to get ConfigurationFile.ini from your installation process, you have to:

1) Run downloaded exe, which will unpack your setup.exe to C:/231231231231...sth

2) Cancel installation. Go to that dir via cmd.

3) In cmd run: setup.exe /ACTION=INSTALL /UIMODE=Normal

Express edition is run in AutoAdvance which skips "Ready to install" and ConfigurationFile in general.. not sure why.

  • These steps still skipped the config file portion :( – choloboy Jul 14 '16 at 12:47

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