Evaluate Microsoft SQL Server using Blueprints

Updated by Chris Little on Aug 17, 2016

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Overview

CenturyLink Cloud customers can deploy evaluation Microsoft SQL Server software within the Control Portal. By using the CenturyLink Cloud public Blueprint customers have multiple ways to install this business critical database software.

Use Cases

  • Potential customers who wish to leverage our Free Trial program to test drive CenturyLink Cloud and avoid using up credits with paid production Microsoft SQL Licenses.
  • Potential customers who wish to leverage our Velocity Program for migrations or defined proof of concepts and avoid using up credits with paid production Microsoft SQL Licenses.
  • Any current customer who wishes to evaluate Microsoft SQL Server for various business proof of concepts on public cloud.

Prerequisites

  • A CenturyLink Cloud Account
  • ~20 GB Free Storage on C:\
  • Operating System and SQL Server Edition aligns in a supported fashion:
SQL Server Edition Supported Operating Systems
SQL Server 2014 Evaluation 64-bit (Enterprise Edition) Windows 2012 Datacenter 64-bit
Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter 64-bit
SQL Server 2016 Evaluation 64-bit (Enterprise Edition) Windows 2012 Datacenter 64-bit
Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter 64-bit

Exceptions

General Notes

The following are quick tips/notes based on past experiences with customers leveraging this Blueprint.

  • Customers who wish to move to a production/paid license must deploy a new virtual machine and SQL instance with the version desired and migrate their data.
  • The Blueprint deploys evaluation software that includes all the features of Enterprise edition.
  • It is not possible at the current time to install SQL to a drive other than C:\ via Blueprint. Customers can modify the SQL database, tempdb, log locations post install to other volumes using SQL tools.
  • Customers can add features to an existing SQL instance by running the Blueprint multiple times on the same server and only selecting the additional features required.
  • Customers can add new SQL instances by running the Blueprint multiple times on the same server.

Installing Microsoft SQL Server Evaluation using Execute Package

  1. Navigate to the Infrastructure > Servers Menu in Control. servers menu in control portal

  2. Browse to the Group that houses the VM(s) you want to deploy SQL. Select Execute Package. select execute package

  3. Search for Install SQL and select the Install SQL Server Evaluation on Windows package. search for Install SQL and choose script

  4. Select SQL Installation Options.

    • Input the appropriate parameters based on the SQL server requirements for your application.
    • Select the VM(s) in the Group you want to deploy SQL then execute. Customers can choose an individual VM or multiple. (Quick Tip: Only supported Guest Operating Systems will be shown) select installation options

Installing Microsoft SQL Server Evaluation using Blueprint Library

  1. Navigate to Orchestration > Blueprint Library in Control. navigate to blueprint library

  2. Search for Install SQL and select Install SQL Server Evaluation on Existing Server. Select Deploy Blueprint. install evaluation sql blueprint

  3. Input the appropriate parameters based on the SQL server requirements for your application and select the Virtual Machine you wish to execute the install against. Select Next: (Step 2). input parameters

  4. Confirm the virtual machine(s), features and select Deploy Blueprint. confirm inputs and deploy

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