Are you ready to launch Denali?
Before installing SQL Server Denali CTP1, there are a number of pre-installation checks that should be considered before installing Denali. At the moment the Denali CTP (Community Technical Preview) version that is available to the public is SQL Server Denali CTP 1 and can be downloaded from here:

There are a number of different editions (versions) of SQL Server Denali that is available; each edition provides different features and maximum hardware support. SQL Server Datacenter and SQL Server Evaluation are the only SQL Server editions enabled on this CTP. The information provided here is for DataCenter edition, which is the highest edition available to SQL Server.
The considerations are broadly broken down into two areas; the hardware required running SQL Server Denali and the software. From a hardware perspective the following is the minimum hardware requirements to install SQL Server Denali CTP 1.


  • Minimum:512 MB
  • Recommended: 2.048 MB or more        
  • Maximum: Operating system maximum
  • Minimum: 1.4 GHz
  • Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster
Hard Disk Space
Feature Disk space requirement
Database Engine and data files, Replication, and Full-Text Search 711 MB
Analysis Services and data files 345 MB
Reporting Services and Report Manager 304 MB
Integration Services 591 MB
Client Components (Other than SQL Server Books Online components and Integration Services tools. 1823 MB
SQL Server Books Online Components to view and manage help content1 375 KB
  Note that these minimum requirements do not account for the system resources that you will require to run the operating system.

I have to add at this point that I have a number of installations of SQL Server Denali CTP 1 on my laptop.  I use a 64 bit Toshiba Satellite L550-D that is triple booted to Windows 7, Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2. This laptop has an AMD Athlon II Dual Core M300 processor with 4GB of memory. In all instances I have installed Denali into a virtualised environment running Windows Server 2008 R2.  In my Windows 2008 partition Denali is installed within Hyper-V. In Windows 7, I have used Virtual PC 2007 with Denali installed within it. (purely for convenience so I do not have to reboot into the windows 2008 partition to play J). As with any CTP version of software, I always advise that you should install it within a virtualised instance so if any problems arise, it should not affect your host operating system or installed applications.

The software requirement can include the following operating systems: 
  • Windows 7; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is also required

In my excitement to perform the installation a message appears that informs you that you have to download the following to files:

Windows6.0-KB948465-X86 which can be downloaded here 


Windows6.0-KB956250-x86 which can be downloaded here

What I did find is that upon installing these updates it took a couple of reboots before the installation could be performed.
There is a better way that can help you to avoid strife. When you start the setup the  SQL Server Installation Centre is presented.

SQL Server Installation Center













Use the System Configuration Checker (underlined) to confirm whether you have the hardware and software available to perform a successful installation of SQL Server, By clicking on the System Configuration Checker link. This will return the following report.

Setup Support Rules
















You can click on the view detailed report link to provide more information.

Installation Report





So with that in mind you can quickly check if your machine has the capabilities to run SQL Server Denali CTP 1 before you install it.



Published Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:24 PM by Testas


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