Common Windows Issues: Installing Additional SQL Server Features

Problem:  SQL Server needs to install additional features from the disk.  

Cause:  Rackspace does not make our SQL media available to customers, so altering the default installation leaves customers needing an installation source

Resolution:  In order to fix this problem, you will need to install components from a trial version of the SQL Server software, unless you already have your own SQL Server installation disk. 

  1. To download the trial version of SQL Server, just browse to and select the tab labeled SQL Server 2008 R2 Downloads
  2. Download either the 32bit or 64bit version, depending on your OS.
  3. Mount the image using a tool like Virtual CloneDrive or Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM.  These are 3rd party products which are not directly supported by Rackspace. 
  4. On your Cloud Server, browse to the Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program/Programs and Features (depending on how you have the Control Panel organized).
  5. Right-click your Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 instance and select Uninstall/Change.
  6. Select Add, then use the mounted demo as the installation media for altering your existing SQL configuration.

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