We just did a hardware upgrade of one of our SQL Server boxes during the Easter break. With SP1 for SQL Server 2008 available I followed the excellent instructions from Peter Saddow to slipstream SP1 into the SQL 2008 ISO. Highly recommend you follow the guide 🙂
Rule “Previous releases of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008? failed. A previous release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is installed on this computer. Upgrade Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to the SP1 before installing SQL Server 2008.
You’ll be happy to know that Peter has found a far easier solution than what I gave back then – I can’t work without SQL Server Management Studio. Simply install with the command line below to avoid the MSI Rule checks:
Setup /ACTION=install /SkipRules=VSShellInstalledRule