Upgrading MSDE prior to installing Sophos PureMessage

When installing Sophos PureMessage anti-spam / mail filtering software, if your Microsoft SQL Desktop Engine (MSDE) engine is not at SP4, the installer will report that it is Unable to connect to \local\SOPHOS. However if you try to install SP4 for MSDE, it won’t necessarily upgrade the correct version of MSDE.

To check which version of MSDE 2000 you are using:

  1. Open ‘Add/Remove Programs’
  2. Locate ‘Microsoft SQL DesktopServer Engine (SOPHOS)’
  3. Select ‘Click here for support information’.Compare the version you are using to the table below:
    Supported Not supported
    8.00.2039 – MSDE 2000 SP4 and later 8.00.194 – MSDE 2000 RTM

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