August 2008 Blog Posts
Solutions and Projects were one of the really cool features introduced in SQL Server 2005, judging from the responses I got when I showed how it works. Personally, I use them a lot. SQL 2008 has the same feature in SQL Server Management Studio. However, SSMS 2008 breaks this feature in SQL 2005 SSMS when installed side-by-side.
See all the ugly details here:
This also affects 64-bit systems, I just happened to find it on a 32-bit box first.
I am guessing that this failure is inherited from SSMS's Visual Studio ancester, which may make it difficult for the SQL team to fix.. ...
Fast on the heels of SQL 2008 is the Feature Pack for SQL 2008. Cool goodies include stand-alone installers for SQLCMD and the SQL Native Client, SQL 2008 Server Management Objects, SQL 2008 pre-defined Policies, and lots more.
You can find it here.
It looks like SQL 2008 may have a slight dependency issue. If you have already installed Visual Studio 2008, you will be blocked from installing SQL 2008 until you install Visual Studio SP1. The problem is that Visual Studio SP1 is not released yet. Our guys came in ahead of schedule and they still get no respect.
Not to worry, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 should be out very soon (think days, not weeks) and this problem goes away.
Microsoft actually documented this issue here:
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 may be required for SQL 2008 Installations
UPDATE: It's Here
SQL 2008 is finished. MSDN has all the bits downloadable now. Expect retail versions shortly.