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SQL Server Discovery Report

How can I check what all SQL server features and version are installed on my Machine ?

It’s a frequently asked question. You need to study your environment, need to login each instance to check version & other details, to answer this question.

Till SQL Server 2005, you have no direct solution.

But Starting from SQL Server 2008, Microsoft added a SQL Server discovery report as an useful tool under Tools page of Installation Center.

SQL Server Discovery tool

Lunch SQL Server Installation Center under Configuration Tools ( Click on the Start menu, go to All Programs, click to Microsoft SQL Server <Version Name>, under Configuration Tools click on SQL Server Installation Center) OR Directly Run Setup.exe & browse to Tools Page

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Report will be generate & open in default browser automatically

Report Location

The SQL Server Discovery Report will be saved automatically in %ProgramFiles%Microsoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLog<last Setup Session>

Other Useful Options

· You can also generate the Discovery report through the command line. Run “Setup.exe /Action=RunDiscovery” from a command prompt

· If you add “/q” to the command line above no UI will be shown, but the report will saved in %ProgramFiles%Microsoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLog<last Setup Session>


· SQL Server discovery tool cannot be used to discover Remote SQL server installation


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  1. angelina says:

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  2. James says:


    Am trying to run the Installed SQL Server features discovery report. When I click on it there is no report generated. A small window briefly flashes and disappears. Also, no report can be found in %ProgramFiles%Microsoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLog. Any assistance is appreciated. Apologies if this is not the correct location to post this inquiry.


    • rohitmssqlfun says:

      You can run the setup and can find it.

      In case it’s not coming, Share installation logs. Also check windows event logs for related errors.

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