Automated SQL installation for SharePoint server (Using PowerShell or Batch)

As we all know that SharePoint needs SQL server in background one of the important topic is what we need to install it and how. Especially if we have more than one farm intention is to install all SQL with same configuration. Best way to do it by using configuration file.

First we need to copy all installation binaries to location on a local or a network hard drive. Then you need to put configuration file to same location as well. And for a final step you need to run setup.exe with config file parameters.

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Windows 8 MAK activation

When I try to activate Windows 8 enterprise I receive DNS error. This was very strange to me because I normally could open web pages in same time.

This was happened because Windows 8 enterprise by default try to activate itself using KMS

So I found workaround on Microsoft web pages and here it is

First you must run Command Prompt as Administrator (right click in lower left corner of the screen)

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Then in command prompt you have to type slmgr.vbs –ipk your_product_key

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Hit Enter an then you will receive this message: Installed product key your_product_key successfully.

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When you check your windows activation you will see that your copy of windows is activated now

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NOTE your product key should look a like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx, where x could be any number or character