Installing MS SQL Denali CTP3 failed

While I was on vacation, the news of the Denali CTP3 release (ref) reached me. When I got back to work I immediately downloaded the package. From there on it would be a smooth ride through the wizard, or at least so I imagined it. Only once before have I met problems installing a version of SQL Server on a machine, that was when I tried to install SQL Server 2005 Dev Ed. on an ASRock HT330. That didn’t work out too well. That aside, I wasn’t expecting any problems, since I was installing the CTP3 on a brand new stationary machine (Windows 7 Ent.) with lots of power.

Current desktop

This isn’t a power issue though, going through the steps of the wizard, I’ll explain my actions and the outcome.

First the welcome screen, we you can view all kinds of requirements and documentation.


Selecting ‘Install‘ to proceed with the installation, and choosing the ‘New SQL Server stand alone…‘ option


Click ‘OK’ on the Setup Support Rules dialog

Setup Support Rules

Click ‘Next’ on the Product Update dialog

Product Updates

The Install Setup Files dialog will show up (not clicking anything here)

Installing Files

Going through the Setup Support Rules, inspecting the Firewall warning. Since this is for local testing only this issue is not solved and should cause any problems.

Setup Support Rules

The details of the Windows Firewall warning

Firewall warning

Clicking ‘Next’ brings us to the Product Key dialog, where we will select ‘Evaluation’ as free edition

Product Key

Onwards to the License Terms dialog, where we will accept and choose to send any information to Microsoft

License Terms

On to features selection on the Setup Role dialog, where we will select ‘All Features With Defaults’

Setup Role

A detailed view awaits on the Feature Selection dialog, where ‘All Features With Defaults’ appears to not include ‘Reporting Services Add-in for Sharepoint products’ and ‘Master Data Services’, I wonder why…

Feature Selection

Now, the Installation Rules dialog is where I can’t get any further…

Install Issue


I’m stuck and can’t get any further. There was SQL Server 2005 client tools installed, but I uninstalled those the first time I was hit by the issue. I’ve tried this: and suggestions like it, w/out any effect.  I’ve tried to tweet about the issue and was by guided to: and by @MicrosoftBI. None of those two provided any solution to the issue at hand.

How to get past this rather frustrating installation rule? And why does SQL Server 2005 Express tools block Denali CTP3?

Just as documentation, no SQL Server Express installed, allthough ‘Microsoft SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 Setup (English)‘ is listed twice…:

Programs and Features

There is a forum post on the issue:


I’ve tried to run the installer with the parameter /skpirules=Sql2005SsmsExpressFacet as show in picture, but the error persists:Command prompt

Error page #2

3 thoughts on “Installing MS SQL Denali CTP3 failed

    1. Hi Lester
      Yes, I have seen the reply @ms forum, just haven’t had the time to test it. I’m pretty sure though that it’ll work.
      I will be sure to check up as soon as possible

      Best regards

      1. I have the same problem not haivng a tools option to remove, but I also do not have an item called SQL Server 2005 Management Tools Express item. Could you have possibly have meant SQL Server 2005 Management Studio Express. When I try to uninstall this one it tells me Microsoft Sql Server 2005 Tools is dependent on it. Did you get that as well. Thanks for this posting, I think it will get me closer to an answer.

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