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September CTP Issues

The September CTP of SQL Server 2005 is not available and I'm sure lots of people have downloaded it. I actually grabbed it the night before it was announced, got some pre-release info :), and got it burned onto a CD. Or I got the downloaded EXE burned at least.

You see I tried to expand the .EXE and put it on my workstation, thinking I'd burned the setup to CD and have it ready. However my C: drive is low on space, down to about 900MB and so when it asked for a path, I chose the E: drive, which has about 6GB.

And about 10 minutes into the process I got a "not enough space on c:" message and it failed. And cleaned up, so no files on E:. So I clean off some space, kill temp files, etc and I'm at about 1.1GB. Same thing happens, which #@%#$%#$%'d me off and I just burned the image.

I'd held off installing it, however, or at least I held off once I verified the upgrade from June didn't work. Mostly because I'm tech reviewing a book and wasn't sure if June or Sept would apply. I got the news a couple days ago that Sept is fine, so I ran the Build cleanup wizard and removed SQL Server 2005 and .NET 2.0. Then I tried installing and got ".NET 2.0 components, beta components, error" and it failed. I remembered I had VS2005 setup, so I uninstalled that, rebooted, and tried again.

C'mon guys. No space on the c: drive when I specified another one? Cleanup and uninstall not working because of some proper order!! These are rookie mistakes, Windows 3.1 or 954 mistakes. I'm annoyed and disappointed that this type of stuff is still occurring in MS products.

It makes the Linux guys, for all their craziness with packages and dependencies, look good!

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