SQL Server 2008 on virtual Windows 8
As preparation for a study group at work for MCTS 70-448 „Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance“ I install SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition on a virtual Windows 8 Enterprise Edition.
The virtualizer is VMware Player. Not because I have evaluated the possibilities on other products, but because I am used to VMware products.
I choose not to use Easy Install
The guest is defined with a larger virtual disk than default and in one file on host.
After the guest is defined the guest CD drive is mapped to Windows 8 ISO file and the installation when the guest is started.
The Windows 8 Action Center tells me that the installation it must be activated, but this fails with a error message about a DNS name:
KB929826, where some solutions also are given. In my case method 1 works fine.
Actually I started a PowerShell as administrator, but still it works.
Microsoft is talking a lot about PowerShell, but slmgr is a vbs-file executed by Windows Script Host (WSH). This is indicated by the success message, where the title of message box is „Windows Script Host“.
From then it is a normal SQL Server 2008 installation with the components described in the MCTS 70-448 Training Kit.