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Article ID: 973357 - Last Review: January 18, 2010 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release.

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SYMPTOMS

You put the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 setup binary files in a folder whose path is in the 8.3 compatible format. When you start the Setup program, an exception may occur and the Setup program fails during the LoadExtensions action. Additionally, the following error message is logged in the Detail_GlobalRules.txt file in the setup log folder:
<Date><Time> Slp: Message:
<Date><Time> Slp: Object of type 'Microsoft.SQL.Chainer.Package.PropertiesTypeProperty' cannot be converted to type 'Microsoft.SQL.Chainer.Package.PropertiesTypeProperty'.
<Date><Time> Slp: Stack:
<Date><Time> Slp: at System.RuntimeType.CheckValue(Object value, Binder binder, CultureInfo culture, BindingFlags invokeAttr)
<Date><Time> Slp: at System.Reflection.MethodBase.CheckArguments(Object[] parameters, Binder binder, BindingFlags invokeAttr, CultureInfo culture, Signature sig)
<Date><Time> Slp: at System.Reflection.RuntimeMethodInfo.Invoke(Object obj, BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture, Boolean skipVisibilityChecks)
<Date><Time> Slp: at System.Reflection.RuntimeMethodInfo.Invoke(Object obj, BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture)
<Date><Time> Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionDatastoreIntegration.SetPropertiesOnRunningAction(ActionKey key, TextWriter loggingStream)
<Date><Time> Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionMetadata.NotifyInExecution(ActionKey actionRunning, TextWriter loggingStream)
<Date><Time> Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.InvokeAction(WorkflowObject metabase, TextWriter statusStream)
<Date><Time> Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.PendingActions.InvokeActions(WorkflowObject metaDb, TextWriter loggingStream)

Note The 8.3 compatible format refers to the 8 characters that are used for the file name, and the 3 characters that are used for the file name extension. This format is used for MS-DOS. For example, the file name "ABCDEFGHIJK" in the 8.3 compatible format is "ABCDEF~1."

CAUSE

When SQL Server 2008 uses the Assembly.LoadFrom() function to load file name extensions, the 8.3 compatible path cannot match the real path, and this causes the exception that is described in the "Symptoms" section.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

To resolve this issue, install one of the following cumulative update packages.

Release version of SQL Server 2008

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 8. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
975976  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975976/ ) Cumulative update package 8 for SQL Server 2008
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956909  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956909/ ) The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released

SQL Server 2008 SP1

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 6 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. For more information about this cumulative update package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
977443  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977443/LN/ ) Cumulative update package 6 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release. Microsoft recommends that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
970365  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970365/LN/ ) The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 was released
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 hotfixes are created for specific SQL Server service packs. You must apply a SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 hotfix to an installation of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. By default, any hotfix that is provided in a SQL Server service pack is included in the next SQL Server service pack.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

REFERENCES

For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935897/ ) An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems


For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822499/ ) New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
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