FIX: Error message when you install SQL Server 2008 Express edition on a domain controller that is running Windows Server 2003 SP2 or Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1: "Exception has been thrown by the target of invocation"

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Article ID: 955814 - View products that this article applies to.
Bug #: 50003393 (SQL Hotfix)

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

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a domain controller that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows Small Business Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
  • You install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express edition on the domain controller by using the SQL Server Installation Wizard.
In this scenario, you receive the following error message:
The following error has occurred: Exception has been thrown by the target of invocation. Click 'Retry' to retry the failed action, or click 'Cancel' to cancel this action and continue setup.
You may also receive this error message when you try to repair an instance of SQL Server 2008 Express edition. This behavior occurs if the SQL Server Agent service that is associated with the SQL instance is missing from the computer and must be re-created.

RESOLUTION

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 1. 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:
956717 Cumulative update package 1 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 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released

WORKAROUND

You can safely ignore the error message. To do this, click Cancel, and then continue the setup process.

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about what files are changed, and for information about any prerequisites to apply the cumulative update package that contains the hotfix that is described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956717 Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008

REFERENCES

For more information about the list of builds that are available after the release of SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956909 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released
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 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 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 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 955814 - Last Review: March 19, 2009 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
    • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition
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