Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express EditionMicrosoft SQL Server Express 2016 Installation Instructions


Sentinel Visualizer uses data stored in industry standard, open, Microsoft SQL Server databases. Microsoft SQL Server can be hosted on a dedicated server in your organization or in a cloud host like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS).

You can also install a free copy of Microsoft SQL Server Express on your PC. It is part of your product download. These are the installation instructions after you've downloaded SQL Server Express 2016.

System Requirements

Microsoft SQL Server Express 2016 must be installed on a 64-bit version of Windows 8 or later.


These are the installation instructions after you download the Sentinel Visualizer SQL Server Express 2016 setup with your copy of Sentinel Visualizer.

The installation instructions are straight forward, and generally require pressing the [Next] button through each screen.

  1. After downloading the setup program, run it. The file self-extracts and begins the SQL Express setup process. Please be patient as the process may take a few minutes to start.
    Extracting files

  2. You may be prompted for an extract location. Use the default folder or specify an alternative.

  3. The first SQL Express setup screen is the License Terms. Check "I accept the license terms." and press [Next]:
    License Terms

  4. The Global Rules screen appears. If there are any errors, they are displayed on this screen. If there are no errors, this screen appears. Press [Next]:
    Global rules

  5. The Microsoft Update screen appears. We recommend checking "Use Microsoft Update to check for updates (recommended)", then press [Next]:
    Microsoft Update

  6. If there are any updates available they are displayed. Check "Include SQL Server product updates" at the top of the screen and press [Next]:
    Product Updates

  7. The Install Setup Files screen appears. Press [Next]:
    Initial Setup Files

  8. The Install Rules screen appears. Press [Next]:
    Install Rules

  9. The Feature Selection screen appears. Keep the default options and press [Next]:
    Feature Selection

  10. The Instance Configuration screen appears. Keep the default options and press [Next]:
    Instance Configuration

  11. The Server Configuration screen appears. Keep the default options and press [Next]:
    Server Configuration

  12. The Database Engine Configuration screen appears. Keep the default options and press [Next]: Do not change the password!
    Database Engine Configuration

  13. The Installation Progress screen appears. This step takes a while. Please be patient. Do not cancel this process:
    Installation Progress

  14. When finished, the Complete screen appears:
    Installation Complete
    Press [Close]. The installation of the Sentinel Visualizer instance of SQL Express is successful. You should now be able to run Sentinel Visualizer with local databases.

  15. Next, install Sentinel Visualizer to create and use local databases.

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