SQL Server Image http://www.Oostdam.Info General pictureMicrosoft SQL Server is a great product to work with. Especially from the release of version 2005 and now 2008. For me, it is the standard for all kinds of databases. The Object explorer, Tuning Advisor, the Query Analyser and T-SQL statements work great, and are a joy to work with. When it goes wrong somewhere, it is mostly a syntax error, program(bug) error or a user error that causes the problem. Stable as it is, I can recomment the use of it to anyone. In this articles I like to share with you, some errors and "best practices" that came up during my work several times. So, initially set up was for my own references, now I share it with you. Enjoy these articles!! Due to the fact that a big percentage of visitors of this page are international based, this article is in the english language.

When you receive a IIS feature requirement warning:
When your trying to install some kind of reporting services as add-on on top of SQL Server, you can get an ISS Feature Requirement Warning Message from the SQL installation and you will not be able to complete the installation. This is a common thing in SQL 2005 as well as in SQL 2008 no mather what version. In fact it are wrong pre-configured IIS features that will stop the installation, but I'll put it in this section as it often seen as an SQL error. The correction is simple, just check all the required features that are needed for IIS 7 are installed and start the installation from within SQL again.

Underneath is the list of IIS 7 role services that need to be installed:
Static Content
Default Document
HTTP Redirection
Directory Browsing
ISAPI Extension
ISAPI Filters
Windows Authentication (Not available on Windows Vista Basic/Premium)
IIS Metabase Compatibility
IIS 6 WMI Comptibility

These are the 10 features that are required for a correct IIS 7 working environment. You can add role services, by opening the Server Manager, clicking on the "Go To Manage Role" under the Role Summary tab, and from that point you have to click on Add Role Services under the Web Server (IIS) tab.

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Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for Qurius Managed Services in the Netherlands specialized in System Center Solutions.

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