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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Troubleshooting Installations

Installing Windows Server 2008 is a relatively painless if somewhat boring process. However, when the installation fails for some reason or another, life gets less boring. Most installation errors are caused by hardware failures or incompatibilities, so standard troubleshooting techniques for hardware problems apply. Some of the more common issues we’ve seen include:

  • Failure to boot from a network distribution point

  • Corrupt file during installation

  • Failure to find a hard disk

  • Stop errors

In the following sections we’ll cover each of these problem scenarios and how to resolve them.

Failure to Boot from a Network Distribution Point

When installing Windows Server 2008 from a network distribution point, you’re depending on the ...

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