If you’re like me – you were interested in checking out SQL 2008 – but ran into a cyclic problem with installing it on a machine that had VS2008. The SQL 2008 installer insisted that VS2008 SP1 be installed – which wasn’t out yet. So, you installed SP1 Beta – and that had it’s own set of errors.
Well, although I haven’t fully tested this (I’m installing right now, in fact) – looks like VS2008 SP1 was released on 8/11/2008!!
Also, here is an interesting article talking about what is in SP1:
Lastly, I haven’t tried this yet – but here’s a specific article on configuring SQL 2008 to work on Vista or Windows 2008: