When running SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe directly SQL Installation Center shows up and I can install SQLEXPRESS just fine. I want to perform automatic command line install so I have done the SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe /X to extract the files to my USB drive. I have no luck getting setup to run from command line or no idea how to trouble shoot. There are no logs produced in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\Log.

Command Line:

"D:#Setup Large Software Packages\SQLEXPRADV\setup.exe" /qs /ACTION=Install /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms /INSTANCENAME=SQLEXPRESS /ROLE=ALLFeatures_WithDefaults /ADDCURRENTUSERASSQLADMIN


  Stopped working

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:   CLR20r3
  Problem Signature 01: scenarioengine.exe
  Problem Signature 02: 11.0.2100.60
  Problem Signature 03: 4f35e1de
  Problem Signature 04: mscorlib
  Problem Signature 05:
  Problem Signature 06: 4fee6afb
  Problem Signature 07: 366d
  Problem Signature 08: 10
  Problem Signature 09: System.ArgumentNullException
  OS Version:   6.2.9200.
  Locale ID:    1033

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When batch terminates I get following:

Unhandled Exception: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: path1
   at System.IO.Path.Combine(String path1, String path2)
   at Microsoft.SqlServer.Chainer.Setup.Setup.PreloadAssemblies()
   at Microsoft.SqlServer.Chainer.Setup.Setup.Main()

I have followed:

BLOG: SQL 2012 Unattended Install Scripts - did not work.

MSDN: Install SQL Server 2012 from the Command Prompt - 100's of options could spend year playing with them.

What is the correct command line to install SQLEXPRESS with ALL features after extracting files from SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe?


Looks like something was wrong with files that were exploded from the SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe. After trying few times now it seams to work.

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