Hi All, I develop a windows application using c# that use sql server databases, i want to create a setup for this application to install application and install sql server as prerequisites, but i want to set a specific configuration for this sql server such as instancename, sa password and mix mode.
Installing SQL Server is not trivial and you would need to deal with licensing issues as well. There are other issues as well such as whether SQL Server is already installed and whether the user has SQL Server but has it on another box.
The license problem by itself would concern me. But just automating the SQL Server install is going to require a lot of work.
But I would suppose that to do automation that you would need to look into custom actions in the installer.
I agree with jschell and Paul Conrad, but it is easy to but sql express as a prerequisites in c# deployment problem, but i want it to installed with my configuration not the default settings, is it possible to do that?.
It could be necessary to install a new version of Windows Installer before that. After installation of SQL server, the database can be restored/attached by a call to osql with many parameters. I don't know all the details, but with this information you can start and try.