Installing SQL 2008 on Windows Server 2k8

sql_express_2008_site_logo_trans So I was working on a project for a client and I needed to spin up a virtual machine with Windows Server 2008. Since this was some database work/creation I also needed to install SQL Server 2008 Express. I didn’t think there to be some installation difficulties but guess what…I was wrong! I an error indicating that I needed to install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2. Easy enough except for the fact that it’s not released yet!

It’s actually not to bad. Here is what you need to do.

  • Download and install .NET Framework 3.5
  • Download and install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Download and install Windows Installer 4.5
  • Enjoy!
  • Those three components should give you SQL 2008 glory and all it’s might!