Thursday, August 14, 2008

Run .NET 3.5 SP1 from Network Drives

It looks like Microsoft has finally got it where managed code to be able to run from a network drive. Here is some more info on it from a Microsoft blog.

VS2008 SP1 Released

Well the time has come and the long awaited VS2008 SP1 has been released to the MSDN subscriptions. I downloaded this and installed I on my main system and want to share my experiences.

  1. The downloads are iso file, so they will have to be burned to a dvd or you will have to use a program to mount the iso files as drives.
  2. After getting things to a dvd, I tried to install the servicepack and it quickly crashed. It died in the VC++ x86 installer. This is strange since I am running Vista Ultimate x64 on my system. So I tried many different things went with my favorite search engine to help. I was not able to find anything useful since the service pack had only been released hours ago.
  3. I finally read the actual log for the install that was failing and figured out that it was saying that it needed to be rebooted. I have been working on a Windows Service that used .NET 3.5 and that could have caused issues as well. So I uninstalled the app and service that I am working on (more on this in a later post) and restarted my laptop.
  4. I then restarted the installer and waited to see what happened. It got past the error I was seeing before. Yea!!!!
  5. Then I waited…. And waited…. I made sure my laptop was set to high performance and it still took about 2 hours to install. The laptop is an AMD TL-64 with 4G of ram so it should not be too slow.
  6. Everything installed fine and I was off to install the MSDN for sp1. Well it was 3am already so I went to bed and let it install overnight, so I do not know how long it takes to install this part.

Everything seems fine so far. I am looking at some .NET code protectors and will see if the ones I am thinking about work with sp1 or not.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

SQL Server 2008 RTM!!!

SQL Server 2008 has now been released on TechNet. One thing that you will notice is that there are many different versions available. Something that will be seen soon is that this does not include a new Express version yet. I would guess that this would be released soon as well.

This is exciting since there are alot of new features in SQL 2008. I will be going over this new version more and more as time goes on...