I’m just installing SQL Server 2008 (Codenamed Katmai) June 2007 CTP. The installation isn’t without its problems – which is fine for the moment. It is a CTP after all.
The main problem is with the prerequisits. The installer will try an install them for you, but it fails to get as far as installing even the .NET Framework. It would seem that these things have to be installed manually in advance at the moment.
If installing the full thing SQL Server 2008 does require access to IIS. I don’t think I’ll by using any of those features so I’m not going to bother – we’ll see how that works out. It will be interesting to see if it is easy to go back and add features or if it will require a complete reinstall. I’d imagine that most people will install just the minimum they need and go back and install more as they need it. This helps keep the attack surface minimised.
So, other than the installation of the prerequisits being a bit a bit dodgy everything else seems to have gone very smoothly. Hopefully, I’ll be playing with all the new spatial stuff. That’s what I’m really looking forward to.