28 July, 2008

Installing SQL Server Dev. on top of SQL Express

Even though this is an old history - now and again you encounter this problem: Installing the SQL developer edition when already having installed the Express edition coming with VS 2005/2008.

The key to success when prompted with failure to install Client- and Development tools is to run the setup.exe from the command prompt instead of from the GUI; and to use the parameter SKUUPGRADE=1.

  1. Open a cmd prompt
  2. Find the CD-drive containing your SQL Server setup files
  3. Enter appropriate directory (x86?)
  4. Enter Servers directory
  5. Type setup.exe SKUUPGRADE=1
  6. [Enter]

The installation process will continue without problems then...

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