Installation for SQL Server 2008 Management studio fails with the MSI error code: 0x5EBE5729



Installation for SQL Server 2008 Management studio fails with the MSI error code: 0x5EBE5729

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Feature: Management Tools - Complete

Status: Failed: see logs for details

MSI status: Failed: see details below

MSI error code: 0x5EBE5729

MSI log file location: <OS Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL

Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\<Iteration ID>\trin_aide_Cpu32_1.log

MSI error description:

Note: "trin_aide.msi" is responsible for installing Visual Studio Tools for Applications.

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03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_Status: CustomActionData: "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\addinutil.exe" -PipelineRoot:"S:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\." -Rebuild -Silent

Error: The given folder "S:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\." does not exist.

03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_Status: Process returned 1

03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_Error: The Commandline

'"C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\addinutil.exe" -PipelineRoot:"S:\Program

Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\." -Rebuild -Silent' returned

non-zero value: 1.

03/23/10 15:20:16 DDSet_CARetVal: 1



· If you look at the error addinutil.exe is failing to locate files and folders under "<Drive>:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VSTA\Pipeline\."

· While you can run the command from command prompt without any issues, setup fails to execute the same.

· After Further investigation we could determine that the common files directory in our case was a mapped drive.

· It is my hypothesis and I tested that we are not honoring mapped drives for common files.

· If the Remote computer, containing the mapped drives already has VSTA (Visual Studio for Applications) installed then we would not run into the same issue.



· Change the commonfilesdir registry string under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion to reflect the local OS drive.

More Information


Refer for understanding VSTA add-in pipeline


Bharath Kumar 
SE, Microsoft SQL Server

Reviewed by


Shamik Ghosh & Sudarshan Narasimhan 
TL, Microsoft SQL Server