I try to silent install SQL Server Express 2008 along with my application (this need later on a SQL database) on a virtual Win7:
- from command prompt the installation with configuration file is working fine
- out of my install.msi (created with Visual Studio 2008 using WiX (execute some other dummy.exe from there works also fine) the "installsql.exe /ConfigurationFile="bla.ini" starts, continued, wait for a long time during 'setup file configuration' and abort without installation progress.
The watson log file contents an error: Client-side and UI is none or basic: Running entire install on the server. Failed to grab execution mutex. System error 258.
What is there wrong? Is there a .msi-installation-part inside the sql setup? (because msi out of another msi is not allowed)
Any help would be very urgent, thanks a lot in advance!
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The SQL Server Express set-up stub extracts and executes MSIs so creating a wrapper MSI will never work. Use the '/x' swicth to extract the MSIs. You will then need to create transforms for them.

Also, this forum deals with errors returned by the Windows Installer engine. Your post should have been made in the 'Package Development' forum.
Answered 01/20/2012 by: VBScab
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