SQL Server patch fails with "Could not find any resources appropriate for the specified culture or the neutral culture"

I recently worked on a number of issues where SQL Server Service Pack/patch installation would fail, and we would see this error in the relevant Detail.txt (located in C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLog<Date time of the installation attempt> for SQL 2008/2008 R2):   2013-04-07 20:14:07 Slp: Package sql_bids_Cpu64: – The path of cached MSI package…


SQL 2008–Service fails to come online with “a valid certificate could not be found, and it is not possible to create a self-signed certificate”

You might run into this situation where SQL Server fails to come online (either with a new install or an existing one). Looking at the application event logs, you see these messages: Event Type: Error Event Source: MSSQLSERVER Event Category: Server Event ID: 17182 Date:  05/08/2012 Time:  5:03:40 AM User:  N/A Computer: SQLTest1 Description: TDSSNIClient…

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