Getting Juneau CTP3 to work – SqlCeManager issues

Since installing Juneau, I've had various issues accomplishing even the simplest of tasks. I would get errors saying that the SqlCeManager could not be initialized or "object reference not set to an instance of an object." Depending on what I tried to do I might also see a big error dialog that suggested installing the fix from KB #974247, however this fix did not work. What ended up solving my issues, and allowing me to actually demo the new code-aware table designer in my Denali session tomorrow, was KB #2553608. You'll need to go to this link:

Check the box, fill in your e-mail address (twice), decipher the captcha, and request the download. Once it comes in, extract the archive, and run SSCERuntime-ENU.exe. This will extract SSCE_Runtime-x86.msi and SSCE_Runtime-x64.msi. If you are on a 64-bit system, you'll want to install *both* MSIs. I installed the x86 version first, then the x64. Once I did that, I was able to successfully connect to databases, create projects, etc.

Hope this helps.

Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him. If I've helped you out, consider thanking me with a coffee. :-)