Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is used to store all the data for the Ed-Fi ODS / API. Local installation of Standard, Developer, or Enterprise Editions with Service Pack 2 or higher are supported. Using a remote instance of Microsoft SQL Server is not currently supported.
Installation for Microsoft SQL Server 2014
When prompted, select the following features:
Use the default instance named MSSQLSERVER.
Select either Windows Authentication Mode or Mixed Mode.