SQL Server 2000 SP4 Upgrade Issue

Posted on 2010-01-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hello, I have MSDE 2000 (sp2) installed on a Windows Server 2003 server.  When attempting to upgrade to sp4 (with SQL2000.MSDE-KB884525-SP4-x86-ENU.EXE), I get the following message and the upgrade stops:

The instance name specified is invalid.

I am wondering if sp3 has to be installed before installing sp4.  If not, I am out of ideas as to what is causing this issue.  

Here is the server's SQL version information:

Microsoft SQL Server  2000 - 8.00.760 (Intel X86)   Dec 17 2002 14:22:05   Copyright (c) 1988-2003 Microsoft Corporation  Desktop Engine on Windows NT 5.2 (Build 3790: Service Pack 2)

Thank you in advance.

Question by:karlhsc
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    Expert Comment

    I think you need to install sp3 before you install sp4.
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    Accepted Solution

    Look at the command line options, I'm sure there is a switch for the instance name
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    Author Comment

    I have tried running the following...

    c:\myfolder\>setup.exe /upgradesp SQLRUN INSTANCENAME=myinstanceName /L*v  

    ...and adding the following to the setup.ini file (as an option)...


    ...but all of these possible fixes resulted in the same message.

    Also, I attempted to install sp3 and the same message appeared.

    Author Comment

    One other thing: I have setup a password for sa

    Author Comment

    I got it working- I needed to have been installing via the command line instead of through a sql query.  Thank you for the help.

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