Tip of the day: Mount ISO files as drives

When you can download lots of DVD and CD images from likes of MSDN it can become rather annoying having to burn ISO images to physical CDs or DVDs. However, Virtual Clone Drive mounts an ISO image as a virtual drive so you don’t have to burn physical drives. This saves on the cost of …

Installing SQL Server 2005 on Vista

Perhaps this is not so much an issue with installing SQL Server 2005 on Vista, but of the way I install SQL Server 2005 on Vista, or even more accurately install it on my laptop on Vista. A SQL Server will expect to run constantly on the machine that it is installed on. However, not …

SQL Server 2008 (Katmai): I spoke to soon

Looks like I spoke too soon. I was all resigned to go through and install Katmai (SQL Server 2008) in a new virtual machine, when it occurred to me that I could just uninstall SQL Server 2005 Express Edition as I wasn’t using it. I now have access to the SQL Server Management Studio! Tags: …

SQL Server 2008 (July CTP): More installation woes

I’ve done it again. I’ve attempted to install SQL Server 2008 (this time the July 2007 CTP) and it hasn’t quite gone the way I expected. This time there was no Management Studio. Why? Well, when I tried to go through the set up process again, I got a message that said “The following components …

Installing SQL Server 2008 (Katmai)

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 …