SQL 2008 & .Net 3.5 Error

Friday, 22 May 2009

When trying to Add components to my SQL 2008 Installation, I keep getting the following message:

"Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installation has failed. SQL Server 2008 Setup requires .NET Framework to be installed."

The Odd thing is I have .Net 3.5 with SP1, so I reinstall, uninstall and pretty much waste half a day searching high and low for a resolve. I have SQL 2008 SP1, even try the mega CU1 update, reintall Windows installer 4.5 - but no change...

When you try to add components to SQL via Control Panel Add\Remove programs it prompts you for an installation source, I navigate to it, a menu to Add, Remove or repair then appears, on selecting an option, the error above appears almost immediately.

Apparently, it checks the \x64\redist\dotnetframeworks (or x86 for 32bit) for the dotnetfx35setup.exe.

I downloaded a fresh bootstrapper from the Microsoft .Net download site, and replace - still no joy!

Anyway, I've finally fixed it!

The original installation was downloaded from MSDN. So I downloaded the 180 trial version of SQL Server 2008 from Microsoft Technet not MSDN! and pointed to that as the installation source and the wizard goes through without a hitch!

It Seems the version on MSDN downloads is a bit 'dodgy'!!

Hope that helps anyone avoid the pain I went through in the last day, not to mention the pain my customers gone through for weeks!


SP2 Bug.. Expiry Activated

An annoucment was made this morning regarding a bug with the Office Servers Service Pack 2...

Apparently, a production expiration date is automatically activated and the updated product will expire after 180 days.

Products affected:

  • Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Project Server 2007
  • Form Server 2007
  • Search Server 2008
  • Search Server 2008 Express.
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is not affected by this...

A workaround is to renter your license key on the Convert License Type page in Central Administration.. no features will be disabled.

A hotfix should be available, and the kb article should be going live in the next 48 hours, keep an eye out here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971620


Preliminary Requirements for 2010

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The Microsoft Team blog have announced the prelimary requirements for SharePoint 2010. In a nutshell:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005.

Also, no support for IE 6.0

More information is available here:


There are some tips on how best to prepare for upgrading to the next wave!