How To Download and Install MS SQL Server 2017 Express On Windows?

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Microsoft SQL Server is provided with different licenses. Free version is named Express Edition . Express Edition is very useful if we need a little database.

Download

We will download the SQL Server 2017 Express Edition from following link which is provided by Microsoft.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-editions-express

Download
Download

Start Installation

We will download a simple install starter executable which is name SQLServer2017... . This will start the process and do not provide all packages which will be install. All packages installed from internet.

Start Installation
Start Installation

Select SQL Server 2017 Installation Type

There are different installation type. We can use following installation types.

  • Basic type will install default packages by downloading from internet.  In this tutorial we will use this installation type.
  • Custom type provides customization features where we can install extra features of MS SQL or remote some default features.
  • Download Media type will only download from internet and do not start installation. This can be useful if we do not have an internet connection and install MS SQL.
Select SQL Server 2017 Installation Type
Select SQL Server 2017 Installation Type

Accept License Terms

As usual the Microsoft SQL Server license.

Accept License Terms
Accept License Terms

Download Install Package

Installation packages will be downloaded from internet to the local. After download is complete we do not need internet anymore.

Download Install Package
Download Install Package

Installation Phase

After the installation packages are downloaded to the local from internet we will continue with the installation of the SQL Server packages.

Installation Phase
Installation Phase

Setup Configuration

Installation has complete successfully. After installation screen we will see some configuration options which can be used in further usage. We will get following information.

  • Instance Name will display database server instance name.
  • SQL Administrators will display users who is Administrator for installed SQL Server.
  • Features Installed will display installed features.
  • Version will display installed SQL Server Express Version.
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Setup Configuration
Setup Configuration

List MS SQL Server Express Service Status

There is different ways to list SQL Server Express status. In this case we will Powershell. We will use Get-Service commandlet to list MS Sql Service status.

List MS SQL Server Express Service Status
List MS SQL Server Express Service Status

Start MS SQL Server Express Service

We will use following commandlet to start MS SQL Server Express edition with the Get-Service.

Stop MS SQL Server Express Service

We will use Stop-Service powershell command in order to stop MS SQL Server Express.

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