Ever wanted to install SQL Server 2012 and include the latest Service Pack, but don’t have access to an ISO that includes everything already?

It’s luckily a little simpler to create your own slipstream installation than I thought. Here are the steps:

  1. Download the SQL Server 2012 binaries and extract the zip. Extracting the zip files are required for this to work.
  2. Download the required Service Pack (and CUs if you want), and extract to the same folder.
  3. Run Command Prompt as Administrator, navigate to the folder that contains the SQL Server binaries and use the following command to run setup.

Slipstream Installation

Aaron Bertrand has a much more detailed blog on this, including the syntax for slipstream installations for SQL Server 2008.

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