SQL Server Express 2013 SP3 Quite Simple (/QS) Mode does not display weak password error


  • If your Windows OS (or Domain) has some password policy and while installing SQL Server you use a weak password then it gives you an error saying password does not match password policy. This is all in full UI mode installation.

    In my case I am using basic UI (or Quite Simple) mode to install SQL Server. I was expecting it will show me the password policy error since I am using a weak password. However the case it, the installation just gets terminated without saying anything. Upon investigating the detail log you can see the error is there in the log.

    I am using below argument to install SQL server.


    Does anyone have any idea how I can display the error while using basic UI mode installation?

    Humayun Kabir Foysol

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:34 PM

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  • keep some strong password where symbol,capital and small letter involed

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    Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:06 PM
  • Hi Vishe,

    You are stating me the obvious. I know strong password solves my problem. I want to know if there is a way I can make the installation process to display the error that my password does not match the password policy. I am using this basic UI installation as a prerequisite of another installation. 

    As you can see my question is "Does anyone have any idea how I can display the error while using basic UI mode installation?"

    Thanks for you time though.

    Humayun Kabir Foysol

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:38 PM
  • Hi Humayun Kabir Foysol,

    >> The specified sa password does not meet strong password requirements. For more information about strong password requirements, see "Database Engine Configuration - Account Provisioning" in Setup Help or in %SQL_PRODUCT_SHORT_NAME% Books Online.

    I see what you mean here. As you may notice this behavior is documented here The /QS switch only shows progress, does not accept any input, and displays no error messages if encountered. ’ And there is no workaround at this moment.

    For now, you options are:
    1. Use strong password.
    2. Use Windows authentication only.

    If you have any other questions, please let me know.


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    Monday, March 27, 2017 9:16 AM