Wednesday, July 09, 2008

SQL Server 2008 On The Horizon


Rumors are floating around that SQL Server 2008 could be RTM'd as early as July 31!!!  That's right, the product team has hiHomented at an August release time frame (thanks to Francois Ajenstat).

This release will align with the soon-to be-RTM SP1 for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008, which has hooks into the new features of SQL Server 2008.  SQL Server 2008's installer now also requires that the .NET 3.5 SP1 be installed, and will attempt to download it as part of installation process.

If you're trying to install the RC0 rev of SQL Server 2008, you will be asked to install the beta SP1 for .NET 3.5 first.

If you installed the hotfixes for the Web Designer in VS 2008, which were recently shortly after the IDE was released, YOU WILL HAVE TO UNINSTALL THE HOTFIXES prior to intalling SP1.


These hotfixes were rolled up into SP1, and will cause the beta installer to fail if you've already got them.  The installation log actually details the KB articles related to those hotfixes.

Once you've removed these hotfixes, the SP1 installer will finish up without a hitch, and you can move on with the setup for SQL Server 2008 (note to self:  blog about the new installer experience of SQL Server).


Anonymous said...

Looks like a catch 22: One can't install SQL 2008, even the most stripped down stuff, without vs 2008 SP1 non-beta.

Unknown said...

well....there's a...ahem...NDA about this topic...but SQL Server 2008 RTM ships with a RTM version of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 bits...i'll let you connect the dots.

Anonymous said...

OK, I get that it contains .Net Framework 3.5 SP1, but does it contain VS 2008 SP1. While trying to install it, it installed the framework upgrade, but apparently not the VS 2008 SP1 update. I guess that means waiting till Monday. I must have missed some of the dots to connect.


Anonymous said...

Yup, it looks like we gotsta wait till VS2008 sp1 no-beta comes out. I don't think it's worthwhile uninstalling the whole vs2008 in order to install sql '08, then reinstalling vs2008 sp1beta, etc. I'm sure something else will go wrong in the process...

Meanwhile, since I unstalled the sql08 rc0 (I thought that would "help"), i'm back to query analyzer to maintain my queries.

Sanjay said...

Most installers of SQL 2008 initially are developers.

And most developers have visual studio 2008 installed.

Release engineering in microsoft must co-ordinate better , each team is disconnected from each other. Or they are out smart each other ?

Clear catch 22 situation, nither I can get VS2008 SP1 nor I can install SQL 2008