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May 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm

I currently am able to do a DSC setup of SQL 2016 by specifically copying a configuration.ini and sql2016.iso from a UNC location to the destination node using File resources, then using a Script resource to mount the .iso and run setup. The get/test in the script resource is only for "is the SQL Service installed or not". This gets the job done, but doesn't give me much granularity in my test/set/get for subsequent checks. I'm trying to change the DSC script to use the xSQLServerSetup resource, so I can gain the tests for more of the configuration options available in the resource, as below.

xSQLServerSetup 'InstallNamedInstance_IN01'
InstanceName = 'IN01'
SQLCollation = 'SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS'
SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS = "MyDomain\Server_Local_Admins" "MyDomain\MSSQL_Admins"
SetupCredential = $SqlInstallCredential
InstallSharedDir = 'F:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server'
InstallSharedWOWDir = 'F:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server'
InstanceDir = 'F:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server'
InstallSQLDataDir = 'F:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL13.INST2016\MSSQL\Data'
SourcePath = "\\myPSDSCServer\dsc\sql_installs\SW_DVD9_NTRL_SQL_Svr_Ent_Core_2016_64Bit_English_OEM_VL_X20-97253.ISO"
SourceCredential = $SqlInstallCredential
UpdateEnabled = 'False'
ForceReboot = $false
BrowserSvcStartupType = 'Automatic'
DependsOn = "[WindowsFeature]NET-Framework-Core"
The documentation online says

[String] SourcePath (Write): The path to the root of the source files for installation. I.e and UNC path to a shared resource. Environment variables can be used in the path.

[PSCredential] SourceCredential (Write): Credentials used to access the path set in the parameter SourcePath. Using this parameter will trigger a copy of the installation media to a temp folder on the target node. Setup will then be started from the temp folder on the target node. For any subsequent calls to the resource, the parameter SourceCredential is used to evaluate what major version the file 'setup.exe' has in the path set, again, by the parameter SourcePath. To know how the temp folder is evaluated please read the online documentation for System.IO.Path.GetTempPath(). If the path, that is assigned to parameter SourcePath, contains a leaf folder, for example '\server\share\folder', then that leaf folder will be used as the name of the temporary folder. If the path, that is assigned to parameter SourcePath, does not have a leaf folder, for example '\server\share', then a unique GUID will be used as the name of the temporary folder.

My question is about the "sourcepath" parameter. What is expected to be in this line:

SourcePath = "\\myPSDSCServer\dsc\sql_installs\SW_DVD9_NTRL_SQL_Svr_Ent_Core_2016_64Bit_English_OEM_VL_X20-97253.ISO"
SourcePath = "\\myPSDSCServer\dsc\sql_installs\" (with only the .iso in this directory?)
SourcePath = "\\myPSDSCServer\dsc\sql_installs\" (with the expanded setup directory contents from the .iso?)

03/23/2017 11:02 AM 1033_ENU_LP
02/09/2016 10:38 PM 45 autorun.inf
04/30/2016 11:13 PM 542 MediaInfo.xml
03/23/2017 11:26 AM redist
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04/30/2016 11:12 AM 109,248 setup.exe
02/09/2016 10:34 PM 344 setup.exe.config
04/30/2016 11:12 AM 239,296 SqlSetupBootstrapper.dll
04/30/2016 11:12 AM 150,216 sqmapi.dll
03/23/2017 11:18 AM Tools
03/23/2017 12:08 PM x64

May 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

Hi Jim,

The resource expects the expanded iso contents. It will append setup.exe to the source path you specify (e.g. \\myPSDSCServer\dsc\sql_installs\setup.exe).

– Daniel