70-462 - Plan installation - evaluate installation requirements

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Software Requirements

The most important thing to consider is that .NET 3.5 is installed as it is not installed by the SQL Server 2012 installation. SQL Server 2012 does require .NET 4.0, however this will be installed as part of the installation.


  • .NET framework (3.5 and 4.0)
  • Windows Powershell
  • Network software (TCP/IP)
  • Internet Explorer 7 or later

Hardware Requirements


Minimum - Express: 512MB, All Other: 1GB
Recommended - Express: 1GB, All Other: 4GB

Processor Speed

Minimum - x86: 1.0 GHz, x64: 1.4 GHz
Recommended - All: 2.0 GHz

Processor Type

x86 - Pentium III-compatible processor or faster
x64 - AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support

Hard Disk

6GB minimum for installation. Additional storage required for the data storage.

Operating System

There is an additional compatibility matrix for the versions of Windows operating systems which will work with SQL Server. As it becomes quite crowded, please take a look at the reference document below from Microsoft.


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