In the process of retrograding my Vault back to 2012 to pick up my bloody archives, as I have learned there is no manner in which to restore a 2012 archive to a 2013 Vault. This seems a bit of a weak spot, but hey, that’s what I have to do.

Failed Connecting to SQL SERVER

Ultimately the 2013 instance of Vault was still registered with SQL, even though I had killed off the file store, database, and most recommended registry keys. The only way to really get around that is to uninstall the instance, which involves the uninstaller; and that involves the cached install files.

Half way through the process of killing off the 32 bit and 64 bit SQL instances, the uninstaller reports that it can’t bloody find part of the install package.

“Hey, what am I supposed to do about that?” Really folks, is it just me or does the entire Windows install / caching system suck, susk, suck?

So after reading paper after really boring paper on dealing with SQL (which, either involved a bachelor’s degree level of study or a baseball bat), this is what I decided to do:


Get the Installer from the Vault CD

I went to the CD, and entered a search for the missing beast.


Sure enough it was there: \3rdParty\Sql2008Express\x86\setup\sql_engine_core_inst_msi

I copied it, and that worked, but got another missing error:

Can’t read from the \Windows\Installs\PFiles….

Copy Them Both

Autodesk Vault Server Uninstall SQL

I went back and found that there was in fact a folder there called ‘PFiles’.

After copying that over, the uninstall completed properly.

Autodesk Vault Server Uninstall SQL

Good Luck !