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[RTM] The answer to "How do I install SQL Server 2008?" is too hard to find.
8/6/2008 6:46:55 PM
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Suppose the customer doesn't have autoplay enabled and doesn't know how to install SQL Server 2008.
The obvious place to look is Readme.htm. This says to install BOL (which is Catch-22 for someone looking for installation guidance), but fortunately it also points to BOL on MSDN.
But the "Initial Installation" section of BOL is still quite frustrating.
SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0
Windows XP SP2 Professional
Operating System Language
Steps to Reproduce
Seek further information from Books Online.
Go to MSDN to read the Books Online section "Initial Installation".
The Readme file tells me to use Books Online for installation assistance, and says: "Install Books Online with the documentation install option for this release of SQL Server 2008." without explaining where the "documentation install option" is.
On BOL at MSDN, there is a hopeful section titled "Installing SQL Server 2008". It says you can use the Wizard or the command line, but doesn't say how to use either! Further, it says the setup process involves the following two steps: "Planning..." and, "Configuring...". Planning comes before the installation, and Configuring comes after. The all-important step of actually installing the product is missing!
It turns out the Planning article does include in its "Concepts" list at the bottom a link to the useful "Quick-Start Installation of SQL Server 2008."
The Readme file should either explain how to begin the setup process, or it should not say to install BOL at all, or it should explain where the "documentation install option" is. The existing Readme file does not tell how to install the product or the documentation, and it should either do this or it should only point to online documentation that does this.
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on 11/26/2008 at 2:35 PM
Thank you for your feedback. We will look at revising the Readme article in the future version.
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on 8/15/2008 at 5:00 PM
Hello - thank you for your feedback. We are investigating this issue.
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