Guy Barrette, Microsoft, Regional Director, Montreal, Canada, Visual Studio, .NET Expertise November 2007 - Posts - Guy Barrette

Guy Barrette

Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada

November 2007 - Posts

Visual Studio 2008 Failed Installation (Solved) - Update

An update to my previous post regarding failed installations of Visual Studio 2008 RTM when a Beta or RC version was previously installed....

ScottGu posted a complete list of products to uninstall before launching the VS 2008 RTM setup:


Visual Studio 2005 Support for SQL Server 2008 CTP

Visual Studio 2005 has no "out of the box" support for SQL Server 2008.  Microsoft has made available an update in the form of a CTP that allow VS 2005 to connect to a SQL Server 2008 CTP5 server.

This CTP resolves a problem that when you try to open a database connection to SQL Server 2008 by using Visual Studio 2005 design tools, you may receive the following error message:
“This server version is not supported. Only servers up to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 are supported.”
This CTP addresses this issue, and enables the following Visual Studio functionality for SQL Server 2008 CTP5 :

  • Server Explorer successfully connects to SQL Server 2008, and database objects such as stored procedures and table data can be viewed and edited. Note that table schemas still cannot be viewed or edited in this release.
  • SQL CLR projects that target SQL Server 2008 CTP5 can be created and deployed to the server.
  • T-SQL and SQL CLR debugging are now enabled for SQL Server 2008 CTP5.
  • Data binding features in Client and Web Projects are enabled.

This CTP does not support the following features for SQL Server 2008 Nov CTP:

  • Creating and editing table schemas in Table Designer or Database Diagrams. The table designer feature in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 can be used to edit table schemas in SQL Server 2008 CTP5.




Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit

The Visual Studio 2008 Training has been updated for the RTM release.  What's in there?  More the 30 PowerPoint decks, some demo scripts and some labs to learn the cool new VS 2008 + Framework 3.5 stuff.

You can download it here:


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 CTP, November 2007

Beside the RTM version of Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft has made available to download the latest CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (November 2007).


Posted: Nov 20 2007, 05:54 PM by guybarrette | with 1 comment(s)
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Realtek Network Adapter RTL8101 Blue Screen on Vista (Solved)

I recently bought a new Toshiba laptop and proceeded with a complete reinstallation of Vista Ultimate.  Everything was fine except that the Realtek driver for the network Adapter (RTL8101) was crashing all the time and was blue screening Vista!  Doh!!!
I uninstalled the Toshiba supplied driver and let Vista install its own to no good.  I still had blue screens at random times.

I went on the Realtek Website and downloaded their latest driver (awaiting certification) and since then, no more blue screens.

Posted: Nov 20 2007, 01:41 PM by guybarrette | with 2 comment(s)
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Visual Studio 2008 Failed Installation (Solved)

I had Visual Studio 2008 Team RC installed on my laptop and I wanted to install the RTM version so I uninstalled the RC and launched the RTM setup but the setup would fail.  After a little digging and reading ScottGu's blog, I figured out that the Visual Studio setup install numerous products by launching separate installations.  So when you actually uninstall VS, you're not uninstalling everything that was actually installed.

People often ask me for suggestions on how best to upgrade from previous betas of Visual Studio 2008.  In general I'd recommend uninstalling the Beta2 bits explicitly.  As part of this you should uninstall Visual Studio 2008 Beta2, .NET Framework Beta2, as well as the Visual Studio Web Authoring Component (these are all separate installs and need to be uninstalled separately).  I then usually recommend rebooting the machine after uninstalling just to make sure everything is clean before you kick off the new install.  You can then install the final release of VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 on the machine.

Looking at the Programs and Features entries, I uninstalled these products in this specific order, then went to install VS 2008 RTM without a glitch.

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 - ENU
Microsoft Document Explorer 2008
Microsoft Visual Studio Web Authoring Component
Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 .NET Framework Tools
Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 SDK Reference Assemblies and IntelliSense
Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Tools
Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Design Tools ENU
Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 ENU
Microsoft Device Emulator version 3.0 - ENU
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Posted: Nov 20 2007, 01:18 PM by guybarrette | with 4 comment(s) |
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