FIX: Error message when you try to add a second node to a SQL Server 2008 failover cluster: "The current SKU is invalid"

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Article ID: 957459 - View products that this article applies to.
Bug #: 50003415 (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 create a new node for a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 failover cluster. Then, you try to add a second node to the failover cluster by installing SQL Server 2008 from the same deployment share that you used for the first node. In this scenario, the operation fails, and you cannot add the second node. When this problem occurs, you receive the following error message:
SQL Server Setup encountered the following error:

The current SKU is invalid.

Cause

This problem occurs when you install SQL Server 2008 from a deployment share that uses a custom Defaultsetup.ini file, and this custom file includes the product key for SQL Server 2008. Additionally, this problem may occur when you install a second node for SQL Server 2008 from installation media that has a custom Defaultsetup.ini file that includes the product key.

Resolution

The fix for this problem 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
Note After you install Cumulative Update 1 on each node of the failover cluster, you must install SQL Server 2008 from the deployment share on each node of the failover cluster.

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 how to install the updated Setup files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
955392 How to upgrade SQL Server 2008 Setup by running a newer version of the SQL Server 2008 Setup support files
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: 957459 - Last Review: June 21, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
Keywords: 
kbclustserv kbexpertiseadvanced kbqfe kbfix KB957459

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