Step by step instruction on installation of SQL Server 2016 RC3

ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Step by step instruction on installation of SQL Server 2016 RC3

Following the download of my ISO file from my earlier article, I am going to show you the step by step instructions on installation of SQL Server RC3.

Step 1 is to run the exe file and you get to the Planning tab. Below screenshot, shows the options available in next Installation tab. You can then click on first option which is “New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation”.


Step 2: Here you have option to evaluate the free edition or enter the product key that you purchased already. Here I chose the Evaluation which is the default screen and then I clicked on next.


Step 3: In the License Terms screen, you have full terms that you can read through to accept the license from Microsoft before start installing.


Step 4: I got error message in the product updates section, as I did not had internet connection in my virtual machine as I had problems in bridging the connection during this setup process. You can click on “Check again” button if you have got the same error screen and still have the internet connection. Then you can click on Next or you can do the product updates later and you can directly click on Next button.


Step 5: Then the system starts installing the necessary setup files  and rules. In my below screen you can see the warning messages that I got. As long as it is not failing, we are good to go. So click on Next.


Step 6: Here you will get the options to choose the features. As I am doing main testing on R, SSRS, Polybase, Analysis services, I have ensured to check them all here. You can check/uncheck based on what you need to install.


Step 7: Here I got one task failed for not having Oracle JRE 7 Update 51 to support the polybase installation. After installing this seperately, I was able to continue my installation. Note: till this setup is not installed, the Next button won’t be enabled. Once I have this installation done, I made sure to click on “Re-run” button to test the latest and then this enables me to click on Next button. Here, no need to cancel and then no need to go through all above 6 steps.


Step 8: Then I get the option to configure the name of the instance and I chose it to reflect the RC3 here.


Step 9: As this is the setup in my standalone laptop, I chose the SQL Server as standalone polybase enabled instance.


Step 10: In Server configuration section, it shows all the relevant account names that will be created and the type of startup services (Manual or Automatic). When it is set to automatic, this will then start the services whenever you system is booted. If it is Manual, then you have to start it manually via the services or configuration manager.


Step 11: In the database engine configuration, I have chosen to opt for Mixed Mode to keyin my preferable password, and this also helps me to recover the instance if my current user gone cranky. Also I have added the current user YSMUser1 from the “Add Current User” button. I also have option to choose the data directories, tempdb and filestream.

In here, you also have the new feature of trying to have more than one tempdb and you can get it configured in this place.


Step 12: In Analysis Services Configuration tab, I have chosen to use the Multidimensional and Data Mining server mode and also added the current user to get admin rights.


Step 13: In reporting services configuration, I then have option to choose whether to install and configure or just install only. You still can configure at the later stage, however in regards to Reporting services, I always choose to get it configured as well as you can see below.


Step 14: For the distributed replay controller, I again choose my current user to give the admin permissions to manage it.


Step 15: Then you get to the place where you have option to choose where your controller name, working and result directories should be placed. I have not made any changes here and left it to reflect the default installation folder.


Step 16: This is very new specifically for SQL Server 2016 and you have to accept to download Microsoft R Open and install and also to agree to accept patches and updates for the software. This feature enables us to work on R side from Microsoft itself.


Step 17: I then get this screen to choose the installation path for the Microsoft R Open and Microsoft R Server.


Step 18: I have provided below install path for Microsoft R Open and Microsoft R Server to be installed.


Step 19: This is the last part where you can see the summary of installation on what necessary information you have provided to verify before installation. You still have option to go back to any configuration and make changes and then click on Next.


Step 20: This is the final screen where it says the installation was successful and advise to restart to complete the installation process.


Have good findings in your SQL Server 2016 journey.

About the Author

Dr. SubraMANI Paramasivam administrator

Dr.SubraMANI Paramasivam is a Data Platform MVP, Power BI Group Leader, International Speaker, Microsoft Certified Trainer and Principal Solutions Architect at DAGEOP Ltd, having 20+ years of DB, BI & Analytics experience. Dr.SubraMANI Paramasivam is a frequent speaker in SQLBITS, PASS Summit, PASS SQL Saturdays, SQLRelay, Data Platform Summit, MCT Summit, SQLServerGeeks Summit, INSIDESQL UK, Data Awareness Programmes, Data Day Events. He likes to enlighten the education & data and started his own journey with FREE Data Awareness Programme (, in remote areas who are in need. Mani speaks a lot about Visualization, Data Science, R Analytics, Azure concepts, Performance Tuning, DB & SQL Server Architecture, DBA, Partitioning, Resource Governor, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Development, T-SQL Programming and Microsoft certifications.

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