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Posted Oct 4, 2000

SQL Server 7.0 Installation

By Alexander Chigrik

Hardware and Software Requirements
SQL Server Editions
Installation Types
Testing an installation


In this article I want to tell you about some general details of SQL Server 7.0 installation.

I also described hardware and software requirements for SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 7.0 editions.

Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware requirements:

  • Alpha AXP, Intel or compatible platform
  • Pentium 166 MHz or higher (Pentium Pro, Pentium II and compatible)
  • 32MB RAM (minimum), 64MB RAM and more (recommended)
  • 180MB (full installation), 170MB (typical), 65MB (minimum), 90MB (management tools only) plus 50MB for OLAP Services and 12MB for the English Query
  • By the way, there is no hardware restriction on the processor speed (you can run SQL Server 7.0 on the Pentium with minimum mhz), I have checked it on Pentium 120, but don't use this hardware on production server, only for the test purpose.

    SQL Server 7.0 will run under Windows 95, Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, Windows NT Server/Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 4 and Windows 2000 (all editions).

    SQL Server also requires Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1 or later, or Internet Explorer 5.0 or later. You can install Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1 from the SQL Server CD-ROM.

    SQL Server Editions

    There are three SQL Server Editions:

  • Desktop Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Enterprise Edition
  • Desktop Edition can works on the Windows 95, Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, Windows NT Server/Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 4, Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition and on the all editions of Windows 2000.

    This edition has some restrictions:

  • maximum 2 CPU
  • no publishing for transaction replication
  • no SQL Server Failover Support
  • no Full-text search
  • maximum 2Gb RAM
  • maximum 4GB per database
  • Standard Edition can works on the Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 4, Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition and on the Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server/Datacenter.

    This edition has the following restrictions:

  • maximum 4 CPU
  • no SQL Server Failover Support
  • maximum 2Gb RAM
  • Enterprise Edition can works on the Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition and on the Windows 2000 Advanced Server/Datacenter (as far as I know).

    This edition can uses 32 CPU and more than 2Gb RAM, it also supports Full-text search and SQL Server Failover Support.

    Installation Types

    There are three SQL Server 7.0 installation types:

  • Typical
  • Minimum
  • Custom
  • Typical

    The Typical installation option is recommended for most users. This is the default installation options. The Typical option installs the upgrade tools, replication support, client management tools, online documentation and so on.


    This installation can takes only 65Mb on your hard drive and contains the minimum configuration necessary to run SQL Server.

    There are no upgrade tools, full-text search, client management tools, online documentation, development tools and code samples.


    This type of installation allows you to change any or all of the default options. Custom installation is recommended for advanced users. You can choose full-text search (if you have Standard or Enterprise edition), you can install code samples, choose to install the development libraries and so on.

    Testing an installation

    There are several ways to test SQL Server 7.0 installation. When the installation is complete, you can verify SQL Server installation with osql (or isql) utility. This is the description:

    1. Start MSSQLServer service.

    You can start MSSQLServer service by entering from a command prompt:

    net start mssqlserver

    or by run SQL Server Service Manager and start MSSQLServer service manually.

    2. Run osql utility.

    Once the server is running, type the following command-line options:

    OSQL -Usa -P

    If successful, this osql prompt appears:


    Now you can verify SQL Server 7.0 installation by entering this simple query:


    If successful, this query returns the name of the server on which SQL Server is running. Now you can exit by typing exit command.


    1. SQL Server Books Online

    2. Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Unleashed

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