Installation for SQL Server 2008 Management studio fails with the MSI error code: 0x5EBE5729



Installation for SQL Server 2008 Management studio fails with the MSI error code: 0x5EBE5729


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Feature: Management Tools – Complete

Status: Failed: see logs for details

MSI status: Failed: see details below

MSI error code: 0x5EBE5729

MSI log file location: <OS Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL

Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\<Iteration ID>\trin_aide_Cpu32_1.log

MSI error description:

Note: “trin_aide.msi” is responsible for installing Visual Studio Tools for Applications.


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03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_Status: CustomActionData: “C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\addinutil.exe” -PipelineRoot:”S:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\.” -Rebuild -Silent

Error: The given folder “S:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\.” does not exist.

03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_Status: Process returned 1

03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_Error: The Commandline

‘”C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\addinutil.exe” -PipelineRoot:”S:\Program

Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\.” -Rebuild -Silent’ returned

non-zero value: 1.

03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_CARetVal: 1




·         If you look at the error addinutil.exe is failing to locate files and folders under “<Drive>:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\.”

·         While you can run the command from command prompt without any issues, setup fails to execute the same.

·         After Further investigation we could determine that the common files directory in our case was a mapped drive.

·         It is my hypothesis and I tested that we are not honoring mapped drives for common files.

·         If the Remote computer, containing the mapped drives already has VSTA (Visual Studio for Applications) installed then we would not run into the same issue.




·         Change the commonfilesdir registry string under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion to reflect the local OS drive.



More Information


Refer for understanding VSTA add-in pipeline




Bharath Kumar 
SE, Microsoft SQL Server


Reviewed by


Shamik Ghosh & Sudarshan Narasimhan 
TL, Microsoft SQL Server

Comments (3)

  1. Nandu Gopalun says:

    One of the worst SQL Server 2008 set up. I have been struggling to install this for the past one month and saw several people had this problem unable to resolve. I completely removed, 2005. Some programs are not even getting removed. We are moving to Oracle.

  2. D.Jenkins says:

    This solution is bogus and dangerous – don't follow it has nothing to do with the error.  The problem is MS Server 2008 cannot read trin-aide.msi when Visual Studio 208 sp1 has been previously installed because the trin-aide.msi package included with SQL 08 is outdated.  Another instance of Microsoft being greedy and lazy