Install SQL Server 2008 native client using MS SQL 2008 Management Studio Express download

There’s an issue with using the SQL 2012 client with vCenter 5.0U2. So as a workaround I installed the SQL 2008 native client on a Server 2012 installed vCenter to connect to a SQL 2012 database on a Server 2012 server.

  1. Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express.
  2. Run the installation program and ignore any warnings. Once inside the installations center screen select “Options” and take note of the Installation Media Root Directory.SQL_Install_Dir
  3. Navigate to this directory and then drill down to \x64\setup\x64 and copy the sqlncli.msi to a temporary location on your system.
  4. Run sqlncli.msi.

Install .NET 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 using PowerShell

As an update to a previous post on the subject of installing .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 I discovered a PowerShell method as an alternative. Before trying this make sure you have the Windows 2012 DVD in your respective DVD drive and run the following command in an Administrative PowerShell window:

Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core -Source D:\Sources\sxs

Installing .Net 3.5 using PowerShell