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SQL Server 2008 RC0 Download

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Published Tuesday, June 10, 2008 3:48 PM by andyleonard

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Peter W. DeBetta said:

I wanted to blog about this! :-P

June 10, 2008 3:27 PM

Denis Gobo said:

Hopefully this will work.......

I downloaded the 3.1 GB monster file from MSDN twice and both times I couldn't mount the ISO, when I unrarred it I got CRC errors  :-(

June 10, 2008 3:31 PM

Peter W. DeBetta said:

I mounted the ISO from MSDN subscriber downloads without issue. What are you using to mount the ISO file? May I recommend DAEMON Tools (

June 10, 2008 4:05 PM

Denis Gobo said:

It is possible I had a bad file, if not unrarring it wouldn't fail either. I use VCdControlTool.exe when not using a Virtual machine since you can mount the ISO directly from within a Virtual PC

I have used VCdControlTool with all the other CTPs,  Win2008 server, visual studio 2008 etc etc without a problem

June 10, 2008 4:11 PM

andyleonard said:

I am installing now but it will take a while. I am also hauling boxes to a storage area. :{|

So far it's going well.

I forgot to credit Erik Veerman with the link - "thanks Erik for the link!" There. that's better.

:{> Andy

June 10, 2008 4:50 PM

Peter W. DeBetta said:

Must be gremlins, then, or perhaps a bad connection.

June 10, 2008 5:21 PM

andyleonard said:

June 10, 2008 10:05 PM

Hans Olav said:

I would say "for godness' sake, don't load it on a real machine" is an expression a bit too strong. I've been running all CTPs since last summer on my laptop with no big problems. Of course, I could hit a snag and have to reinstall the machine, but that's a risk I'm willing to take to get optimal performance with no need to boot up virtual machines every time I want to play with it.

Just make sure to thoroughly clean out the previous installation before loading up the next.

June 11, 2008 1:16 AM

AaronBertrand said:

Denis, you're not alone.  I just downloaded the self-extracting EXE for 32-bit, and 1 GB of download later, I launched the file and got a very generic "file is corrupt" error when it was extracting dotnetfx35.exe.  :-(

June 11, 2008 8:27 PM

Denis Gobo said:


I had no problem with the 1GB file, as a matter of fact I did an install on my other PC, I didn't like doing an upgrade from 2005

June 12, 2008 9:49 AM

TechVsLife said:

The only beef I have with RC0 is that its setup program has a rule disallowing the installation of sql server, so I can't test it (I don't know how to install except by running setup.exe):

Setup for 32-bit Sql RC0 won't run on x64: exits with an error rejecting x64 OS and rejecting WOW64.  


June 15, 2008 2:48 PM

Shams said:

I have installed the .net framework 3.5 separately which was succesful, but am still getting the error at startup saying .net framework 3.5 installation failed. any ideas ?

June 19, 2008 4:23 PM

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