Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Setup – ‘\x64\setup\sql_engine_core_inst_msi\sql_engine_core_inst.msi’

Background

Attempting to re-install MS SQL Server 2008/R2 post hard-drive crash and replacement.

Error

Image

sql_engine_core_inst

Textual

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Setup

Detail:
The following error has occurred: Unable to open Windows Installer file 'Z:\x64\setup\sql_engine_core_inst_msi\sql_engine_core_inst.msi'. Windows Installer error message: The system cannot open the device or file specified. . Click 'Retry' to retry the failed action, or click 'Cancel' to cancel this action and continue setup. 

Diagnosis

After numerous attempts determined that the Installation media (DVD) is truly bad. And, with no backup media, really was in the hunt for backup install media.

Resolution

Searched Intently

Searched persistently for SQL Server 2008/R2 Trial edition all over the Internet, including on Microsoft’s web site.

Thanks for valiant help:

Instructions

http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/A/2/DA2F4F71-9806-4153-BD3C-A81F87A09226/SQL2008%20R2%20EVAL%20for%20IT%20Pros%20-%20Instructions.htm

Link

Install

During install, will be prompted for whether to install Trial edition or whether there is a product key.

Specify a free edition:

SerialNumber-Evaluation

As we had a key, entered the key:

EnterProductKeyCropped

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