Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 Cluster installation in less than 15 minutes #winserv #Rocks #movie

Just for the fun I recorded a movie on the installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 . I thought just a quick recording and done but as it turns out it took longer than I expected, I made a typo in the script or clicked the wrong script or forgot to clean out my netbios name. then you gona build failsafe items in the scripts and they will be shown as errors because some items are already be set and can’t set twice.

The basic Idea was record a quick movie of an unattended installation of a SQL cluster in a few minutes is this possible yes it cab be done in les than 15 minutes. installation of the OS , Cluster with full Storage validation and a two node SQL cluster based on normal disk and a two node cluster based on CSV.

Eh in 15 minutes two full SQL nodes. just for fun.

when I was building this lab and thought recording in one piece is no fun I can never use the items in one piece and the movie size is bigger.

So I created every step in a single movie file, with sound and created one big movie with some speeding steps in it.

First the Windows Installation movie. ( did you know the Cluster validation process with full Storage testing took longer than the Complete installation from OS and SQL server Winking smile 

So the OS installation the Windows version choice can be avoided by pre-staging  the VM’s and I like to choose my disk size not very disk in my OS is the same. nor do I set a name ,IP and domain join the VM in one pass. I like to be flexible and do this step by step. and for demo’s is is nicer to show.

Watch this new video I made 


Windows Server 2012 R2 unattended SQL Server 2014 Cluster installation On Clustered Shared Volumes


The SQL installation on CSV and adding the node to the normal SQL on disk took 7 minutes.  The installation on the Disk was about 4 minutes slower.

Who said that clustering was hard Winking smile

The scripts what I used are all available I already posted this on my blog. See my blog post on the SQL Server 2014 installation.

Posted September 30, 2013 by Robert Smit in Windows Server 2012 R2

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