Microsoft – SQL Server – Installation (SlipStream) – Error – The setting ‘PCUSOURCE’ specified is not recognized (Error code 0x84B40003)

Background

While trying to perform a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 / SP2 SlipStream installation, encountered error:

 

Textual:

The setting 'PCUSOURCE' specified is not recognized.
Error code 0x84B40003

 

Image:

 

TroubleShooting

Googled around and a bit and re-confirmed that the error was due to the fact that I needed to install the sqlsupport.msi that comes with the Service Pack (SP2 in this case). That file will be located under the \x86\setup\1033 folder per the Service Pack extract.

Once sqlsupport.msi is launched and running a helpful message box is displayed.  This box supports our hope, that may be Support Files are indeed a bit dated:

 

To confirm that this is a SlipStream Install:

  1. Run Setup
  2. Answer each question and proceed to the “Ready To Install” page
  3. On the “Ready To Install” page, browse to the “SlipStream” section and confirm that the “PC Source directory” is specified and that it points to the “merged” Service Pack folder

 

References:

  1. Creating a merged (slipstream) drop containing SQL Server 2008 RTM and Service Pack 2
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/petersad/archive/2010/10/14/creating-a-merged-slipstream-drop-containing-sql-server-2008-rtm-and-service-pack-2.aspx

  2. SQL 2008 SP1 slipstream problem on Windows Server 2008 x64
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlintegrationservices/thread/920a0817-d9b8-4766-b0bf-baa6430acf93

5 thoughts on “Microsoft – SQL Server – Installation (SlipStream) – Error – The setting ‘PCUSOURCE’ specified is not recognized (Error code 0x84B40003)

    • Is this an upgrade or a new install. Are you installing MS SQL Server 2008 RTM or SlipStream (SP1\SP2). Are there any error specific error messages? Also is this a scripted or manual install?

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