Wednesday, March 7, 2012

RSS Reporter fails to install on machine with IIS 7

Installation of RSS Reporter V3 may fail with a generic message: “The installer was interrupted before RSS Reporter could be installed. You need to restart the installer and try again.” But, as you can easily guess, restarting the installer is not going to do any good. If you check the event viewer you will see an MsiInstaller event 1033 that misleadingly states that “Windows Installer installed the product…Installation success or error status: 1603”.

The cause of the problem is a missing IIS component (Metabase) that by default is not installed in IIS7 but, the Visual Studio installer that we use for RSS Reporter requires it. In  IIS7 this feature can be found in setup under Internet Information Services->Web Management Tools -> IIS 6.0 Management Capability Feature. Check the “IIS MEtabase and IIS6 configuration compatibility”.

Once the installation of the metabase component is finished re-run the RSS Reporter installation package and it should install successfully.
RSS Reporter is a simple tool that generates standard rss feeds from SQL Server. Predefined SQL job feeds allow you to monitor SQL jobs on multiple servers from a single rss feed. Ad-hoc query feeds allow you to generate rss feeds containing the data that the query returns.

RSS Reporter is free for a single SQL Server instance and very inexpensive for multiple SQL Server instances. You can download your copy here.


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