Setup : issues with Supplemental Information - by AaronBertrand

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ID 358891 Comments
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Opened 7/30/2008 6:41:54 PM
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Description

On setup's "Complete" dialog, there are a bunch of links offered in "Supplemental Information" at the bottom.  I have noticed a few issues that are kind of surprising.

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Under Microsoft Update, it says:

For information about how to use Microsoft Update to identify updates for SQL Server 2008, see the Microsoft Update Web site <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108409> at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108409.

This goes to:

http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/vistadefault.aspx?ln=en-us

Which is just the main page for Microsoft Update, and on most operating systems (Vista & Server 2008), it simply tells you, what are you doing here, go to the control panel.  There is certainly nothing SQL Server-specific on this page, never mind geared specifically to SQL Server 2008.

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Under Documentation and Samples, it says:

To read about support for SQL Server sample databases and sample code for SQL Server Express, see Databases and Samples Overview <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110391> on the CodePlex Web site at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110391.

This ends up at:

http://www.codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples/Wiki/View.aspx?title=SQLServerDatabasesandSamplesOverview&referringTitle=Home

Which has the 2008 CTP updates to sample databases from Febraury of 2008.  However, the page does not seem very Express-specific, as I would have expected based on the description of the link.  In fact I even see several mentions of items offered on that page that are NOT supported on Express.

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Near the bottom, it says:

For more information about late-breaking changes in this release of SQL Server, see the latest readme file <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=100093> at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=100093.

This link goes to 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=298C5443-CC7C-4C22-8D73-FB70C96B5B04&displaylang=en

Which contains a download for the readme file for RC0.  Unfortunately, this was an RC1 setup package.  I hope the RTM setup package points to a link that contains an RTM readme file.
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Posted by scogeb on 7/3/2013 at 7:15 AM
"Under Microsoft Update, it says:

For information about how to use Microsoft Update to identify updates for SQL Server 2008, see the Microsoft Update Web site <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108409> at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108409.

This goes to:

http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/vistadefault.aspx?ln=en-us

Which is just the main page for Microsoft Update, and on most operating systems (Vista & Server 2008), it simply tells you, what are you doing here, go to the control panel. There is certainly nothing SQL Server-specific on this page, never mind geared specifically to SQL Server 2008."

That is still an issue. What link do I need to access to learn more about Microsoft Update to identify updates for SQL Server 2008?
Posted by AJNpa80 on 5/15/2011 at 10:34 PM
Just Installed 08 r2 express, it's still in there, I was trying to follow the first (update) link, I thought it might ref. kb # or something then I found this, so I figured I'd post my thoughts.

I was hoping it might have some general info about triggering more updates, training windows update by exposing more to it was one possibility (thought the hamster in the wheel). It was worded in a way that taunted me with hopes that it would lead to an article that would tell me to edit a local file and add the progid and this would prove to be the magic list that gets parsed when we update and I could add all sorts of other things to the list that seem to get missed and then I woke up... I came to this post and see it was nothing of the sort, just what I already expected, a runaround link to the front door step of the same indifferent, all-knowing updater in the sky, that giveth what we need and taketh NO user input.

This lead me to think about how update is kind of like our windows version of a package manager, but instead of a repository, it's more of a suppository, nyuck nyuck nyuck. Anyways I'm not complaining, just having a little fun albeit a little off topic, a mental tracing report after chasing a bad link, now you see what can happen. Hows that for feedback.
Posted by Microsoft on 10/1/2009 at 9:30 AM
Closing this issue as it will be address by final release.

Thanks,
Peter Saddow [Microsoft]
Posted by Microsoft on 7/31/2009 at 9:12 PM
Closing this issue since the information will be updated in SQL Server 2008 R2.

Thanks,
Peter Saddow [Microsoft]
Posted by Microsoft on 7/31/2008 at 4:00 PM
Aaron,

I'm going to move this bug to Next Major Release (too late for SQL Server 2008 for these other issues) and assign this to Peter, who owned the GUI for setup.

-Richard
Posted by AaronBertrand on 7/30/2008 at 7:37 PM
Richard, not all of my observations involve a difference between versions of SQL Server 2008 (the CodePlex link is not Express-specific, and the Microsoft Update link is not SQL Server-specific at all). Are these (and the surrounding text) really going to change by RTM?

Also, while yes you can change the FWLinks, you can not change the text that surrounds them within the supplemental information panel. Why hard-code that?
Posted by Microsoft on 7/30/2008 at 7:09 PM
Aaron,

All these are FWLinks and can be dynamically adjusted at will. RTM content will be turned on when we RTM.

-Richard Waymire