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SQL 2008 Express Edition Media Preparation

Before FineBuild can be used, the install media must be prepared. This section explains what needs to be done.


The install media preparation includes downloading the items below. Ensure you comply with your site standards regarding downloading, virus checking and licensing of this software.

SQL Server 2008 can be installed on Windows XP or Windows 2003 and above through to Windows 8.1 or Windows 2012 R2. SQL Server 2008 can not be installed on Windows 10 or Windows 2016 or above.

Mandatory Items SQL Server Install Media
Pre-Requisite media
Optional Items Upgrades to SQL Install Media
SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates
Microsoft and Community Components

FineBuild works with all variations of Express Edition, but the recommended variation is Express Edition with Advanced Services. SQL FineBuild will automatically detect which Express Edition install file you are using from the list below:

Express Variation Download
SQL Express with Advanced Services 32-bit SQLEXPRADV_x86.EXE
SQL Express with Advanced Services 64-bit SQLEXPRADV_x64.EXE
SQL Express with Tools 32-bit SQLEXPRWT_x86.EXE
SQL Express with Tools 64-bit SQLEXPRWT_x64.EXE
Basic SQL Express 32-bit SQLEXPR_x86.EXE
Basic SQL Express 64-bit SQLEXPR_x64.EXE

When the preparation is complete, the install media will contain the folders shown below, but you can also use SQL Media Alternative Folder Names.

Folder Description
SQL Install Top-level folder containing all SQL Server install media
Additional Components Additional Microsoft and community components used in this build
SQL2008 Folder to contain all SQL Server 2008 install media
FineBuild Install scripts. These are described in FineBuild Components Inventory
Service Packs Service Pack and Hotfix install media
SQL2008_Exp SQL Server install media from Microsoft

SQL 2008 Express Edition Media Folders.png

Install Media Preparation Example

The procedure for preparing the install media for 32-bit Express Edition is described below. A similar process is used for preparing the 64-bit Express Edition media.

The download locations given below were correct as of 17 August 2016, but they may change if new versions of these components are released or non-English versions are downloaded. The file names given in the SQL2008Config.xml configuration file for these components should be updated if the file name of a component has changed. Products that have national language support for at least one non-English language are shown by a NLS value of Y.

Mandatory Items

The following items must be completed before FineBuild can be used.

SQL Server Install Media

This section prepares the SQL install media for use by FineBuild.

1) Create a folder on a Network Drive. This can be called SQL Install or any other name you prefer.

2) Create a sub-folder called SQL2008

3) Copy the FineBuild folder into the SQL2008 folder

4) Create a sub-folder of SQL2008 called SQL2008_Exp

5) Copy into SQL2008_Exp the SQL Server 2008 Express installation file.

Pre-Rrequisite media

The following items are required in order to allow the SQL Server install to run

1) Create a sub-folder of SQL Install called Additional Components
  • This folder is used to hold all additional install media. For some components, you will be told to put the media into a sub-folder of Additional Components.
  • The same Additional Components folder can be used for all versions of FineBuild.
2) Download the following mandatory routines into the Additional Components folder

Component Download Location NLS
Windows 2003 Permissions fix See Install Windows 2003 KB933789 N
Windows 2003 Filestream Fix See Install Windows 2003 KB937444 N
.Net 3.5 See Install .Net 3.5 Y
Windows Installer 4.5 See Install Windows Installer 4.5 N

3) It is recommended that the version of NTRIGHTS.EXE and REG.EXE supplied with FineBuild are replaced by versions from a trusted source. See Setup Utilities for details.

Optional Items

The following items are optional. If you do not want a given component then do not download it.

Upgrades to SQL Install Media

FineBuild can optionally upgrade various components supplied in the SQL install media to more recent versions. If you want to take advantage of this, then download the components listed below.

1) Download the follolwing recommended updates to the SQL Server install media

Component Download Location NLS
Powershell V2 See Install PowerShell V2 N
.Net 4.0 See Install .Net 4.0 Y
.Net 4.5 See Install .Net 4.5 Y

2) If you Install .Net 4.0 on Windows 2003, you must also Install KB925336.

SQL Service Packs and Cumulative Updates

FineBuild can optionally include SQL Server Service Packs and Cumulative Updates in the SQL install process.

1) Create a sub-folder of SQL2008 called Service Packs

2) Download the required Service Pack for SQL Server 2008

The Service Pack must be placed in a sub-folder of the \Service Packs folder, as shown in the table below. All Service Packs are cumulative, so if you want to install Service Pack 3 you do not need to also install the previous Service Packs.

Component Sub Folder Download Location NLS
SQL 2008 SP4 SP4 KB2979597 Y
SQL 2008 SP3 SP3 KB2546951 Y
SQL 2008 SP2 SP2 KB2285068 Y
SQL 2008 SP1 SP1 KB968369 Y

For more details see Install SQL Service Pack.

3) Download the required Cumulative Update for the Service Pack

The Cumulative Update must be placed in the same folder as the Service Pack (eg \Service Packs\SP3). All Cumulative Updates for a Service Pack are cumulative, so if you install Cumulative Update 5 you do not need to also install the previous Cumulative Updates.

The SQL2008Config.xml configuration file holds details of Cumulative Updates up to SP4. If additional Cumulative Updates have been downloaded, update the configuration file accordingly.

The table below gives the KB Article to find the list of Cumulative Updates for your Service Pack.

Service Pack Cumulative Update List
SP4 No list is available
SP3 KB2629969
SP2 KB2402659
SP1 KB970365
RTM KB956909

For more details see Install SQL Cumulative Update.

4) Download the SQL Server Native Client (SNAC) update, if one has been published for the CU.

See Install SNAC update for details.

4) Special items for SQL 2008 SP4

If you download SQL 2008 SP4, it is recommended that you also download the fix below into the Service Packs\SP4 folder. This is known within FineBuild as CU2, and provides support for TLS 1.2 for SQL 2008. for SP4, and is the most recent publicly available fix for SQL Server 2008.

Component Download Location NLS
SP4 Security Fix KB 3135244 Y

Microsoft and Community Components

FineBuild can optionally include various Microsoft and Community components in the SQL install process.

1) Download the following Microsoft and Community components into the Additional Components folder. If you do not want a given component then do not download it

It is suggested that where any of the Community components are used, a donation is made to the author of the component

Component Download Location NLS
BOL Update Oct 2009 See Install SQL Books Online update Y
Java DBC Driver See Install Java DBC Driver Y
Plan Explorer See Install Plan Explorer N
Plan Explorer SSMS Addin See Install Plan Explorer SSMS Addin N
Report Viewer Component See Install Report Viewer N
RML Utilities See Install RML Utilities N
RS Linked Report Generator See Install Linked Report Generator N
RS Scripter See Install Reporting Services Scripter N
SQL Cache Manager See Install SQL Cache Manager N
SQL Internals Viewer See Install SQL Internals Viewer N
SQL Nexus See Install SQL Nexus N
SQL Performance Dashboard See Install SQL Performance Dashboard N
Sumatra PDF viewer See Install PDF Reader Y
System Views Map See Install System Views Map N
Taskpad View custom report See Install Taskpad View Report N
Visual Studio 2005 SP1 fix for SQL 2008 R2 See Install VS 2005 SP1 KB954961 N
Windows Access Based Enumeration See Install Access Based Enumeration N
Windows Process Explorer See Install Process Explorer N
Windows Process Monitor See Install Process Monitor N
XML Notepad 2007 See Install XML Notepad N
ZoomIt See Install ZoomIt N

2) Optionally obtain a copy of any SQL Server 2008 Server edition media (this includes the free Evaluation Edition) and copy the following file

Source File Destination
\x86\Setup\x86 SQL2005_BC.msi Additional Components

3) The SQL2008 Express Edition install media is now ready for use

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Last edited Aug 24, 2016 at 5:16 PM by EdVassie, version 16