SQL Server 2008 RTM Has To Wait Until Visual Studio 2008 SP1

It’s been 2 days since Katmai RTM’d. I have downloaded a 3GB+ ISO of SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition.

Days prior to the RTM release, upon sensing that Katmai code is about to go gold, I have already readied my laptop, reformatted it, to accomodate the brand new SQL Server 2008. And last night was my first taste of SQL Server 2008 after a day’s download.

My first taste? SQL Server 2008 RTM has to wait until August 11.

Too bad … SQL Server 2008 RTM, with all its glory, will not install without VIsual Studio 2008 SP1. Unfortunately, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is still on BETA. In some sites, it is rumored to be released August 11.

Here are some of my initial experiences:

  • According to this KB, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956139, you can install SQL Server 2008 (I tried Developer Edition) by unselecting Analysis Services, BIDS and Integration Services. It still does not though.
  • My first attempt to install seems to be fine until I got the VS2008 SP1 check. I went back to unselect the 3 features mentioned in the KB but still SQL Server wont budge. I tried cancelling the installation and attempted to run it again but this time I got the FILESTREAM validation error.

Very frustrating!

I am thinking of just installing the engine but I don’t want to for fear that there still might be problems and it will just ruin the current state of my laptop. I’ll see if I can do this in some virtual machines later.

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