Installing Team Foundation Server 2008 on SQL Server 2008

One of the prerequisites for TFS 2008 is that it must be installed to work with SQL Server 2005 SP2 or SQL Server 2008. However, TFS 2008, by itself, will not work with SQL Server 2008. You’ll receive an error message that your SQL Server instance is not compatible as I’ve mentioned at http://tinyurl.com/4shjod. You’ll receive other error messages such as Full Text not being installed. After struggling for a couple of days, I decided to ask one of my local TFS guru’s, Steve Andrews. He pointed me to an article that led me to Abdelhamid’s blog post at http://blogs.msdn.com/aabdou/archive/2008/05/13/team-foundation-server-sp1-beta-now-available.aspx. Following this, I was able to get it installed.

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  • I have merged the TFS sp1 sucessfully and tried installing from that folder. But still I am getting the same error.
    The System Health Check has detected a problem that will cause Setup to fail.

    Description
    The selected instance of SQL Server is not compatible with Team Foundation Server 2008.

    Workaround / Remedy
    The selected instance of SQL Server is not a version of SQL Server that is compatible with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2008. Verify that the selected instance of SQL Server is a supported version and has any required service packs installed before you try to install this product. For more information about supported versions of SQL Server, download the most recent version of the Team Foundation Installation Guide, which is available from the Microsoft Web site.

    Please help me...

  • I LOL'd at your name. So sorry!

  • Hello, I am having the same issue as Melwin is. After merging SP1 into TFS2008, I get the "The selected instance of SQL Server is not compatible with Team Foundation Server 2008." I am running Server 2008, SQL 2008 SP1. Please advise.

    Thank you.

  • Installing team foundation server 2008 on sql server 2008.. WTF? :)

  • gCB7w5 Wow, great blog.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

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