Hi Friends,

I was setting up a new SQL Server 2012 virtual machine and again realized that Books Online is not installed by default any more (unlike previous versions). Just thought of letting you know the steps:

After SQL Server 2012 is installed;

1. Download the SQL Server 2012 Product Documentation from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=347

2. Extract the content of the exe to a temp folder of your choice

3. Start Help Library Manager from SQL Server 2012 Program Menu

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4. Click “Install content from disk”

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5. On the next screen, browse to the temp location where the exe was extracted and point to the .msha file

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6. On the next screen SQL Server 2012 help content will be shown. Click on Add under the Actions column for all the 3 items under SQL Server 2012 and click update (for me its already installed thus the status shows local)

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That’s it !