Installing SDL Web 8 – CM and DB Setup

This series of post try to list down possible steps to install SDL Web 8 on a virtual machine. This specific post will list down steps to install SDL Web8 Content Manager modules.

Further Assumption – The installation will assume using x64 machine with MS SQL Server DB as back-end.

Before you starts Installation and Setup, please refer this post for the SDL Web 8 Prerequisite.

The step-by-step guide to install SDL Web 8 Content Manager is as below:

Setup Machine

  • Get ready with a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64) VM and logged into it with you Content Manager Administrator User.
  • Ensure you have checked for windows update and download/install them
  • Install MS SQL Server 2014 or MS SQL Server 2012 R2 SP2
  • Again check for windows update and download/install them after MS-SQL Server installation
  • Create an MTS User – Preferably with Admin rights – If you have issues with Admin rights, you may refer this post of Minimum Access Rights for MTS User

Setup Database

  • Open Windows Powershell by right clicking as choosing “Run As Administrator”
  • Navigate to the below SDL Web8 Installation media path in powershell – .\SDL_Web_8\Database\mssql
  • Create Content Manager Database as per the below screenshot:
  • Create Broker Database as per the below screen sheet:
  • Create Discovery Service Database as per below screen shot:
  • Create Preview Session (XPM) Database as per the below screen shot:
  • Create Topology Manager Database as per the below screen shot:

Install Content Manager

  • Navigate to the SDL Web Installation Media and run SDLWeb8CM.exe by right clicking and choosing “Run as administrator”
  • Select SDL Web features you want to install and click “Next”:
    In case you want to install Audience Manager and Outbound EMail, User Generated Content and Translation Manager – you first need to create the respective Database like we have created other database in earlier section.
  • Next the setup will shows you all the missing prerequisite which SDL Web must have to work properly – You need to accept to install these missing prerequisite:
  • Once the prerequisites are all installed, you need to provide details of your MTS User:
  • Next enter the details of Content Manager DB as created in earlier step:
  • Next enter the details of Topology Manager DB as created in earlier step:
  • Next enter the Environment ID – this is typically to identify your CM instance in case of a scaled out and/or load balanced environment. For a standalone environment, you can leave it default:
  • Next Provides the access details of Tridion Website – In host header provide the DNS using which you will be accessing the SDL Tridion CM instance – I would (personally) recommend it leaving blank in case of non-registered DNS names.
  • Similarly provides details of SDL Web Topology Manager website in the next step:
  • Next Enter details for various Topology Manager groups – if you are unsure what you are doing – leave them to default:
  • Next Enter the Content Manager root URL as per the details given above:
  • Next Enter the path for your Content Manager License (license.xml) and Content Delivery License (cd_licenses.xml):
  • Next wait for the installation process to finish:
  • If the installation succeed, you will be prompted with a success screen and will ask you to restart the machine – Restart the machine to complete the installation:

Once the system restarts, you may access the SDL Tridion Manager explorer to manage your data with the Content Manager Website url given in the earlier step

NEXT – Installing SDL Web 8 – Content Delivery Setup (will be Published soon)



Director at Content Bloom India having 12+ years of experience in Software Development Life Cycle using AGILE, Iterative and RUP approaches. Experience in following: - CMS packages: SDL Tridion, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), Sitecore, Umbraco, Kentico, and Alfresco - Search Engines: SOLR, AWS Cloud Search, Elastic Search - .NET Technologies: .NET & .NET CE Framework, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, WCF, WinForms - Mobile Development: Android Native App, Windows Mobile App - Database: MS-SQL Server, MySQL - Program Management: JIRA, MS-Project, Trello - Design Tools: MS-Visio, StarUML - Infrastructure: Linux, Windows Server, AWS Have decent knowledge about Core Java, Spring MVC Instrumental in Application Architecture, Designing (HLD & LLD), Coding and deployment .NET applications (Web, Desktop, Mobile). Experience in following domain: - Digital Media & eCommerce - Travel & Hospitality - Aviation Industry - Education - Insurance - Automation - Automobile - Railways Education: Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing

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9 comments on “Installing SDL Web 8 – CM and DB Setup
  1. Robert Jin says:

    Hoping to see the Web 8 content delivery setup soon! I started playing around with it, and it seem to be quite complicated and not exactly “user-friendly”. Maybe it’s just something I’m doing wrong

  2. anupambaksi says:

    Great Post Pankaj, simple and easy to follow.

    • anupambaksi says:

      Just one point, if the prerequisite list for the Web 8 installation can be specified along with the system setup.

      • Pankaj Gaur says:

        Thanks Anupam; not sure if I understood you correctly – but a link to the prerequisite is mentioned just before the machine setup section in this blog – can you elaborate more, what do want me to edit and I would be happy to do.

      • anupambaksi says:

        Oh! i missed the link, this is what i wanted to know, great share !!

  3. Very simple and straight forward..Great post !

  4. Andrew says:

    Very easy to follow tutorial.

  5. Gulshan Thakur says:

    Hi Pankaj; Please share steps for “Installing SDL Web 8 – Content Delivery Setup” in case you have implemented that, because the steps in SDL website seems to be a bit confusing and not total bug free, e.g one step asked to execute script “quickinstall.ps1” but there is not such file and folder in SDL web 8.0 installation zip. In SDL web 8.1.1 zip they had provided this file and folder only. Not sure how we should proceed for SDL web 8.0 installation; thanks

    • Pankaj Gaur says:

      The blog is on the way, but I would suggest you to use the 8.1.1 and it is advisable to not use 8.0 unless there is any specific reason. You may contact the CD installation guide for 8.0 from SDL Support instead as I afraid, no one at the moment remember the steps for 8.0 installation but of 8.1.1

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