Installation wizard does not detect missing Windows 2003 hotfix until very last step
Yes, y'all will probably call this one as "by design", but the design gets an F in terms of usability. After 4 rules checks and making me do the maximum amount of work possible to install a cluster node, the setup routine, on the VERY last step tells me that KB937444 is missing from my machine. If the stupid rule can detect it at the extreme end of the installation routine, after making me launch, run rules check, install pre-requisites, select features, instance name, cluster group, cluster disks, IP address, windows groups, service accounts, provision a user, specify directories, etc., etc. why can't it be smart enough to stop me at the VERY beginning and tell me that there is a missing hotfix. I'm 3 days into trying to get a clustered instance installed and I'm still not even done with node 1. This is absolutely ridiculous.
Upvotes: 5<=-=Sep 12 2008 6:26PM=-=>
We already have a bug filed for this issue and it is targeted for the next release. I am closing this as a duplicate.
Thanks for your feedback,
I agree entirely.
I have many problems trying to install SQL2008 standard edition on a 2 node failover cluster. One of those is the Filestream hotfix, although I did not tick this option during the installation.
Other problems are – the installation does not recognise groups and accounts which already have been created on AD and added to the group policy.
I have found that SQL2008 installation has been more painful than SQL2005.
Actually, the more important question is why did the MSSQL developers make the installation dependent on an optional hotfix in the first place? And worse, a hotfix is not even a sanctioned update. Not to mention, the hoops you jump through just to get the hotfix. Specifically, the hotfix article mentions NOT to install it unless the specific condition is present.. yet MSSQL 2008 installer forces you to install it? How stupid is this? Of course, waiting to the last few steps is stupid, but depending on a hotfix that could potentially make your system unstable is insane. It’s no wonder why Windows has so many issues.