Slipstream installation of SQL Server 2008 fails if the /PCUSOURCE or /CUSOURCE has a space in the path


When you try to install SQL Server 2008 from a slipstream installation source, setup fails.


This problem may occur if the /PCUSOURCE line or the /CUSOURCE line contains a space in the path. /PCUSOURCE and /CUSOURCE can be used in a ConfigurationFile.ini file or in a command line. For example:
  • ConfigurationFile.ini
    PCUSOURCE="{the path of the extracted service pack}"
    CUSOURCE="{the path of the extracted cumulative update package}"
  • Setup command line for slipstreaming
    Setup.exe /PCUSOURCE="{the path of the extracted service pack}"
    /CUSOURCE=”{the path to the extracted cumulative update package}”


Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2008. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968382 How to obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2008


To work around this problem, extract service packs and cumulative update packages to paths that do not include spaces.


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

This problem was first corrected in SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008.