Installing and Setting up SQL


  • DNN Platform
  • Evoq Content
  • Evoq Engage




  1. Install SQL Server.

    1. Download the latest version of SQL Server by clicking the Download now button on the Microsoft SQL Server downloads page. For this process, we will use SQL Server Express.

    2. When presented with "Basic", "Custom", "Download Media" options, select "Custom" mceclip0.png
    3. Choose a media location with at least 1GB of free space available and click Install.
    4. Once the download completes, choose New SQL Server stand-alone installation...

      New SQL Server stand-alone installation

    5. Include any product updates.

    6. Accept the defaults in Feature Selection, Feature Rules, Java Install LocationInstance Configuration, and Server Configuration.

    7. In Database Engine Configuration, under Authentication Mode, choose Mixed Mode. Note: If you already have SQL Server installed, you can update this setting with these instructions.

    8. Specify a password in the Enter password and Confirm password fields.

    9. Click Next.


    10. Accept the defaults in the remaining dialogs.

  1. Create a SQL database for your website.

    1. Start the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) app. If you do not have it installed already, it can be downloaded from the Microsoft downloads page.

    2. In the Object Explorer panel, right-click on Databases.

    3. Select New Database.


    4. Enter the name of the new database. Click OK.


      Note: Remember the database name, because it will be required by the DNN Installation Wizard.

  2. Create a SQL user account.

    1. Under Security, right-click on Logins, and choose New Login.

      Under Security, right-click Logins, choose New Login.

    2. Enter the username, choose SQL Server authentication, add a password, uncheck Enforce password policy, and choose the database.

      Choose SQL Server authentication. Uncheck Enforce password policy.

      Note: Remember the username and password, because they will be required by the DNN Installation Wizard.

    3. Click OK.

  3. Give the new SQL user db_owner access to the new database.

    1. In the Object Explorer pane, under Security, right-click on Users, and choose New User.

      Under your database > Security, right-click Users, choose New User.

    2. Set User type to SQL user with login.

      User type = SQL user with login

    3. Enter the username of the account you just created, then click Check Names.

      Enter the new account's login name, then click/tap Check Names.

    4. Click OK.

    5. Under Select a page, select Membership and check the db_owner database role membership.

      For Membership page, check db_owner.


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