As you can read in many blogs around the world there is an issue installing the RTM of SQL Server 2008 on developer machines with the RTM or the SP1 Beta version of Visual Studio 2008. Here is the corresponding text from the ReleaseNotes of SQL Server:
KB Article 956139 refers to Visual Studio 2008 SP1, which is not available until the week of August 11, 2008. You should not install the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta to meet the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 requirement for installing SQL Server 2008. Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta does not provide the necessary functionality for installing SQL Server 2008. The following describes options for installing SQL Server 2008 before Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is available.
- If Visual Studio 2008 is not currently installed on your computer, you can install SQL Server 2008 and no further action for installing Visual Studio is required.
- If Visual Studio 2008 is currently installed on your computer, you cannot install SQL Server 2008 successfully unless you perform one of the following actions:
- Wait until Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is available and then install it before installing SQL Server 2008.
- Uninstall Visual Studio 2008 and then install SQL Server 2008. After Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is available, you can install Visual Studio 2008 and then install Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
- Do not install these components of SQL Server 2008 that require Visual Studio 2008: Management Tools (both Basic or Complete), Integration Services, and Business Intelligence Development Studio features.
You can find the whole document here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/9/e/49eeb41a-a769-4520-80d6-671b8ae2bd06/SQLServer2008ReleaseNotes.htm
Aug 11 2008, 10:34 AM