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Apartment++, originally uploaded by xt1.

After a back and forth with the bank, we got the keys to our new place today. 89 sq.m
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Tomorrow leave for SuperOffice EW09 in Amsterdam. Back on friday. Move on sunday. No problemo.

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SQL Server Express Installation Misery

I just wanted to play with OnTime, and figured I could install SQL Server 2008 Express as a database and be off and running quickly. Hah!

First attempt: download SQL Server 2008 Express from Microsoft.

The installation wizard starts and eventually gets through its prerequisite checking to get to the point where it has installed something, but I dont know what. Im lost in a maze of twisty wizards, all alike. The Express front end is the same as the full cluster-fail-over installer. The express front end is way way too comples.

Ok uninstall 10 pieces of software and try the simpler approach.

Web Platform Installer apparently scripts the Express installer to get a default instance up and running with minimal fuss. Just what I need. Too bad it doesnt work. It looks like Im in good company.

Im installing on a simple WinXP box but the WebPI shell says the SQL Express install failed. Event log says

FCB::Open failed: Could not open file e:\sql10_main_t\sql\mkmastr\databases\objfre\i386\MSDBData.mdf for file number 1.  OS error: 3(failed to retrieve text for this error. Reason: 1815).

The SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS) service terminated with service-specific error 1814 (0×716).

Where the hell is E:\ coming from? I have nothing there.

Im going to try uninstalling SQL Server again and trying WebPI again maybe something got installed that it needed without realizing it

Frakking black magic MSI.

All I want to do is play with OnTime