SQL Server 2008 R2 was RTMed a few weeks ago and late last week it was available for download on MSDN. You can also do download the Express version and evaluation versions from the Microsoft web site.
I was trying to install R2 over the weekend in a Win7 VPC and hit a snag. I downloaded the iso from MSDN and mounted the iso as my VPC’s DVD drive. Halfway through the installation it bombed. Argh. I got the very descriptive error message 2337. Great. After intense googling I reached out to an email listserver I am on. A colleague of mine, Bob Beauchemin, suggested that I burn a DVD and then run it from there. He thought that it was a problem with the VPC iso reader. I tried this and it did not work, but because my Win7 VPC did not allow me to mount my physical DVD drive. So I mapped a network drive on the VPC to the physical DVD drive (using the integration features), copied the files over to the VPC desktop and ran my install from there. Worked like a charm.
Bob suspected that there was a problem with the VPC’s iso reader and blogged about it here. He was right. Thanks to Bob- and hopefully nobody else will bang their head against the wall like I did. :)
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