CHR1S (11th September 2011)
I am pretty sure you are having the problem I had, try and set the SATA controller to AHCI or RAID and use the storage driver here Software Posting
Another way to test if it is the same isssue is to see if it happens on 2003 R2, you will be able to run dcpromo but after restarting you would get an lsas error message.
The link sends me to a not authorised error, can you direct link me please?
HP forwards me to that same link, all I get is not authorized
Scratch that, it opens in IE just not Chrome.... got the DL thanks
Right, SATA was set to AHCI, so, I swapped it to RAID. Now reinstalling with those new drivers... will keep you posted
Which SATA port have you connected the HDD to? The spare SATA port to the left of the four drive bays (for the ODD) and the eSATA port are both limited to UDMA33 speeds which may explain why things are taking so long in Windows. You should try this modified BIOS...
I updated my MicroServer with this BIOS and I can now set all ports to AHCI.
Im using the one next to the drives, will try the upgrade.
4Gb non EEC now, not seeing any difference with and with out the EEC ram in the mix.
Ive swapped from AHCI to RAID on peters recommendation to get past the dcpromo issue.
Saves me typing it here, here's a copy and paste of the exact issue im getting -
from here DCPROMO seems to be stuck - Windows Server 2008 R2 - Active Directory and is unsolved.I'm not an expert on the subject but I have set up about 15 2008 servers and
run DCPROMO without seeing this issue. I have a 2008 R2 server - just
formatted from scratch, applied the 8 or so patches from Windows update.
I'm attempting to set up a brand new domain - new everything and it has
started the DC Promo process. I've set it for 2003 functional level. It
says currently Configuring the local computer to host Active Directory
Services. I realize it said set up can take from a few minutes to several
hours but I've never ever seen it take more than 10 minutes to do dcpromo
before. This is a standalone server running 2008 R2 x64 RTM on a system
with a 3 GHz core 2 processor and 4GB of RAM on a freshly formatted 500GB
hard drive with probably 95% free.
OK - It took a tad over an hour but it did complete. My computer has been
booting for about 10 minutes now - still got the indicator running across
the bottom to let me know it is booting. It is strange that it was so
fast in other ways on this system and so slow installing AD. I'll post
back when I've progressed past the boot screen.
It took over 25 minutes to get past the scrolling bar on boot up - now it
has been over 10 minutes on a black screen with just the white arrow cursor.
I had installed 2008 on this server previously without issue. Again, this
is a clean install not an upgrade - so far it looks like it is having some
pretty significant issues.
OK - it was at the cursor arrow without any background or ctrl alt del to
allow me to login for over an hour - then it finally just rebooted - now
waiting for it to get past the microsoft corporation scrolling windows load
boot - it has been booting for over 10 minutes. So far this isn't going
nearly as well as my first try with Windows 2008 or even 2003.
OK - I guess at this point I'm only posting in case someone has a similar
experience of what I've tried. Since I waited over an hour for it to boot
after it took over an hour to run dcpromo, I've gone a head and tried
booting it in safe mode with networking - no luck, safe mode only - no
luck (just hangs on boot - never gets in) and finally directory services
repair - no luck. I've also run memory check - it is fine.
Urgh, im going round in circles lol
Last edited by Arthur; 11th September 2011 at 10:49 PM.
Seems to be my next test for tonight.After further testing, in this case it was the "disable write caching" issue. I believe dcpromo turns off write caching on the drive where the AD data files are stored. With some hardware combinations, attempting to disable the write cache on a drive can hang the system. In my case, an AMD 790GX chipset motherboard (SB750? southbridge) and an older WD 120GB SATA drive, attempting to disable the write cache on the boot drive (drive c, causes the system to hang.
If your dcpromo problems sound similar to this thread, it's easy to test: before bothering with a dcpromo, try disabling the write cache on the drive where you plan to store the AD data files. (Use device manager.) If it hangs there, dcpromo will probably hang.
So it seems the issue could be the fact that the 2 aux SATA ports are in IDE emulation mode and cant have write cache disabled. I think its a bios hack on the cards
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