SQL Server 2008 R2 Sysprep Step by Step

Starting in SQL Server 2008 R2, we have added Sysprep functionality. The Sysprep functionality enables rapid deployment and configuration of SQL SQL Server.  The SQL Server sysprep functionality allows you to install files and then configure at a later point. SQL Server Sysprep can be used with Windows Sysprep to create an operating system image…

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SQL Server 2008 Discovery Report

How can i tell what SQL Server features and version do I have installed? This question has been asked a lot recently.  Starting in SQL Server 2008, we added a SQL Server discovery report as an option on the Tools page on the Installation Center.  When you click on the link below, SQL Server will…

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How to Install SQL Server 2008 R2 (Express Edition)

Overview: With the release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November, we have simplified the SQL Server Express (all editions and package) installation process.  In this release, we have completed the following: Reduced the number of clicks by 50% when performing an install. All inputs are defaulted on Vista and above operating systems.  (many inputs…

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Embedding SQL Server Express Survey

Microsoft is committed to making the SQL Server the best database in the industry for embedding with your application. For us to achieve this goal, we need your candid feedback on your experience with embedding SQL Server Express.  If you have used several different versions of SQL Server Express, focus on the latest version that…

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General SQL Server Express Survey

Microsoft is committed to making the SQL Server Express installation experience the best in industry. For us to achieve this goal, we need your candid feedback on your experience with installing SQL Server Express.  If you have used several different versions of SQL Server Express, focus on the latest version that you have used.  When…

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Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created.

We have been hearing that customers installing SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 August CTP are hitting the following error: “Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created.” This issue is occurring due to .NET behavior on Win7 change that is exposing a bug in how…

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP

The August CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is now published: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee315247.aspx. Give it a try and give us feedback!!!   This release does not have many changes around the Express when compared to SQL Server 2008.  But the next CTP will contains several improvements as a result of your feedback. Here are some…

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Microsoft Update Guidance for SQL Server

I have written several blogs covering SQL Server update being deployed though Microsoft Update.  See here for these blogs.  I thought it would be good, this time, to cover some general best practices obtaining SQL Server updates through Microsoft Update.   General: Any security update for SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008,…

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SQL Server on Windows 7

SQL Server is supported on Windows 7, but you may need to apply the latest Service Pack level to be supported.    Here are the supported products and SP levels: SQL Server 2005: SP3 is required SQL Server 2008: SP1 is required SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP3:Supported without any additional updates The service pack for…

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Troubleshooting .NET 2.0/3.5 Installation errors

The installation of .NET 3.5 can fail for several reasons. Sometimes the .NET 3.5 install fails and sometime SQL Server Setup fails to detect .NET is already on the machine.   If you view the %temp%\sqlsetup.log you can determine whether the .NET 3.5 installation failed or SQL Server Setup incorrectly detected .NET was already installed….

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