So yesterday I needed to install SQL Server 2008 on the Lenovo issued to me by my employer. No big deal, right? I have the developer version DVD, so I stuck it in the drive, decided to install everything, and away I went. Or not.
For some as-yet unexplained reason I kept getting an error, which, apparently, isn't at all uncommon for people trying to install SQL Server 2008. The error reads something like this:
An arithmetic error resulted in an overflow.
Before we continue, let me set the stage a bit. There are several factors involved that should be called out clearly before proceeding: