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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Engine Only


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 6/23/2019.

This "engine only" package is a 120 MB download, rather than 1000 MB for the advanced installer. It does not include "Advanced Services (Full Text Search and Reporting Services), nor the Tools.

This package depends on the dotnet 3.5 package because the SQL Express installer seems to have difficulty resolving this dependency consistently on its own.

This package includes the SQL installer switches to do a default install with no instances as such:

/Action=Install /Role=AllFeatures_WithDefaults /IACCEPTSQLSERVERLICENSETERMS /Hideconsole /INDICATEPROGRESS /Q

The use of the "/Role" switch allows you to use additional switches to configure an instance while installing this package. A typical example is as follows (all one line - notice chocolatey style escaping that uses two single quotes for double quotes in sql setup switches.):


If you want to see progress add -InstallArgs '/INDICATEPROGRESS' when calling this package.

There is much more information about the many switches that can be used at installation time here:

Tested on: Server 2012 R2

To install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Engine Only, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install sqlserver2012express-engine

To upgrade Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Engine Only, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade sqlserver2012express-engine


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'sqlserver2012express-engine'
    $installerType = 'EXE'
    $url = ''
    $url64 = ''
    $silentArgs = '/Action=Install /INSTANCENAME=SQLEXPRESS /Role=AllFeatures_WithDefaults /IACCEPTSQLSERVERLICENSETERMS /Hideconsole /Q'
    $validExitCodes = @(0)
    $InstallerLogLocation = "$env:temp\sql2012setup.log"
      Install-ChocolateyPackage "$packageName" "$installerType" "$silentArgs" "$url" "$url64"  -validExitCodes $validExitCodes
      "The installation of $packageName failed, please see installer log files at `"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log`" and `"$InstallerLogLocation`" for more details." | write-host -foregroundcolor yellow
    If (Test-Path "$env:temp\chocolatey\$packageName") {Remove-Item "$env:temp\chocolatey\$packageName" -Recurse -Force}

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Microsoft




Release Notes

Package version: 11.0.2100.20170521
Product Version: 11.0.2100.60
- fixed command line to include INSTANCENAME

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Engine Only 11.0.2100.60 561 Sunday, February 1, 2015 approved

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