I am trying to install SQL server 2008 r2 on Windows server 2008 r2, I have the SQL server installed in an ISO image and the windows server is on a VM workstation, but during the installation I got the following error "There are no SQL Server instances or shared features that can be updated on this computer." and there is no feature to select from, can anyone advice on this error , baring in mind that I am installing sql server 2008 r2 to be used for sharepoint 2013. and when i generate the sql server feature report i got "none" for all the columns :- enter image description here


But since i am installing sql server for the first time inside my new server, so why i should already have any feature installed??

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Sounds like you do not have the proper SQL Server installation on that ISO file, but maybe just some update, like a Service Pack. That would explain the error message. Just an idea, though. You could try with another installation, should you have one. SQL Server Express would do for a test.

  • thanks for the reply, but how i can make sure that the ISO image is wrong ?
    – John Peter
    May 13, 2013 at 9:30
  • With the way installation goes. There is a standard SQL Server installation screen with all the processes, for example like this: sqlserverclub.com/essentialguides/… If you do not get any of the screens shown in here, you probably do not have the SQL Server installation at all on that ISO.
    – dzookatz
    May 13, 2013 at 9:34
  • but instead if asking for a new iso imag, can i download the sql server 2008 r2 from this link microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30437 . and install it insdie my VM which have windows server 2008 r2??
    – John Peter
    May 13, 2013 at 9:48
  • No, this is just a Service Pack, see under "Details": SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative and can be used to upgrade all releases of SQL Server 2008 R2 to Service Pack 2. SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 contains Cumulative Update 1 to 5 from SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. You would have to find a standalone edition, for example, SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
    – dzookatz
    May 13, 2013 at 11:15
  • can you provide me with a link to download the required files.thnaks
    – John Peter
    May 13, 2013 at 11:18

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