You encounter an "API call rejected" error when installing SQL Server 2008

There is a known problem with MSI 4.5 that is used by SQL Server 2008 for installing the product. Under some situation the SQL Server 2008 installation will fail with the following error:                “API call rejected – No actions in Context” Usually rerunning the SQL Server 2008 setup will be fine. See the following article on how…

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How to create a SQL Server 2008 tools only source drop

Several customers have asked how to create a source media drop that only contains the management tools. SQL Server 2005 had a Tools folder, but this was removed in SQL Server 2008 as the source media layout was changed.  The SQL Server 2005 source media layout caused problems when a customer would copy the Servers…

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SQL Server security updates for cluster instances through Microsoft Update, WSUS, SMS, and MSBA

Starting with Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-004, SQL Server security updates can be deployed to a cluster SQL Server instance using Microsoft Update and WSUS.  As it is necessary to provide credentials for the installer to run the update on the passive node, the update needs to run in attended mode through Microsoft Update to capture…

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Running the SQL Server 2008 QFE/CU installer in unattended mode

The documentation for running the SQL Server 2008 QFE/CU installer in unattended mode is not currently available online. The instructions are included in the updated help chm contained in the packages.  Here is a quick reference on how to run the patch installer in unattended mode: Patch all applicable instances:  {Patch package}.exe /q /action=patch /allinstances…

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