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Microsoft SQL Server requirements

The following requirements for Microsoft SQL Server must be met:

Install a supported version of Microsoft SQL Server. Choose Mixed mode authentication during installation.

If you have Microsoft SQL Server already installed, set authentication to Mixed mode (SQL Server authentication and Windows authentication). To do so, follow the instructions in this Knowledgebase article. If you want to use Windows Authentication to log in to Microsoft SQL Server, follow the steps in this Knowledgebase article.

Allow TCP/IP connections to the SQL Server. To do so, follow the steps in this Knowledgebase article from part II. Allow TCP/IP connections to the SQL database.


To configure, manage and administer Microsoft SQL Server (databases and users), download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

Do not install SQL Server on a Domain Controller (for example, Windows SBS / Essentials). We recommend that you install ESET PROTECT on a different server or do not select the SQL Server Express component during installation (this requires you to use your existing SQL or MySQL Server to run the ESET PROTECT database).