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Hi All,

Our company has just received it’s CRM license and I have started the installation.  All seems to work just fine except I cannot access the CRM server  or the Web site after the install.  I inserted the CD again and started the repair process for the application.  

What fails?
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Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services – does not seem to want to initialize and the error found is:
The specified  path is not a metabase path
Parameter  name: path

What have we got?
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- Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition (SP1 integrated)
- SQL 2000 installed.
- ISA Server not required as we are behind a 3rd party firewall product.

Please let me know if you need any more information to enable a speedy resolution of  this problem.

Regards,
M
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Have managed to resolve the issues with the Reporting Engine.  now to get the CRM site up... the SBE wizard takes for ever and does not seem to be doing anything.  

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M
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Wizard completed and now we have a CRM Installation that is up and running - minus the Work Flow Engine... this does not want to start...
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I'm not sure what set of instructions you used, but please review these to make sure you have done the right things:  http://sbsurl.com/crm

Then you can review http://sbsurl.com/crmtrouble to troubleshoot.

Jeff
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Hi,  I have had a look at the troubleshooting page you recommended, but there does not seem to be any mention of the Workflow Engine that does not want to start there.

I have a problem that I can not get any meaningful information about why the workflow engine does not want to start and because of this the application is fairly useless to us.  The event log only tells me what I already know... the engine did not start...

HELPPPPPPPP...

Regards,
M
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Does anyone have an Idea?
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You state that you reviewed the troubleshooting page, but you didn't confirm that you followed the installation instruction page I linked above.  Since it's I don't know what you did to resolve the reporting engine issue, it's quite possible that you've compounded problems that can only be straightened out by reviewing your steps from the very beginning.

Please review http://sbsurl.com/crm and let me know if there are any questions you have about that.

Jeff
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Hi Jeff,

I went through the link that you sent me and the only difference that I had with the procedure on the web site and the document I used revolved around the default web site.  Due to the fact that ISA server is not installed on this SBS server, I do not think that this would have caused a critical error in the process.  The default web site on our SBS server has been and is still set to use all unassigned  addresses.  This is also as per the MS document that I used to guide me through the setup.  

The setup completed with no errors, all I have now is a CRM environment with no functioning workflow… thus useless.

Here are the errors I receive when attempting to start the Workflow service:
Errors in the event log:

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7009
Date:            20/07/2006
Time:            17:11:44 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      SVR-SBS-IT
Description:
Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for the Microsoft CRM Workflow Service
service to connect.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
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Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7000
Date:            20/07/2006
Time:            17:11:44 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      SVR-SBS-IT
Description:
The Microsoft CRM Workflow Service service failed to start due to the
following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely
fashion.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
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And the pop-up message when you attempt to start the service is:

Error 1053:  The Service did not respond to the start or control request in
a timely fashion.
 
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Please make sure that the Workflow Service is running under the correct account.

Open up the Services MMC,

Right-click Microsoft CRM Workflow Service, click Properties, and then click the Log On tab.
 
Click the This Account option, type NTAUTHORITY\Network Service, and then click OK.

Click START to start the service.

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Jeff,

I have checked this and the account in use for this service is the Network Service account.  This is as per the installation, so I did not change that.  The errors that I sent should give you an indication why this problem is so frustrating.  They tell me nothing as to the cause of the failure… they just tell me what I already know.

Regards,
M
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Jeff, what other resources can we employ to shed more light on the reason for this failure?
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Give this a shot.  Because at this point I'm shooting in the dark.

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Sorry, I don't get it... what should I give a shot?
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Hi Jeff,

Looks like the chaps at Netsoeasy.com have deleted the dns records for SBSURL.COM...
What a shame... I have uninstalled the the CRM and was following that page (allthough I do not have ISA installed) to the letter... and then Poof... gone is the server.

Do you have an IP address for the SBSURL.COM server?
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The Problem has been resolved.  In the hopes that this may help someone in the future... here is what I had to go through.

Sequence of events:

1.      Installed CRM with default settings – Reporting Services failed to install – the cause -> The web certificate that was created when the SBS connect to the Internet wizard was run, referenced an external host name to IP address mapping that the installation could not resolve to the Internal default web site.  
How did I fix this?  I ran the SBS connect to Internet wizard again and then used the server’s internal network FQDN to create the certificate. -> Reporting services installed and started thereafter.

2.      The next hurdle was the Setup Wizard that did not want to wiz.  The only way I could resolve this was to un-install the previously repaired installation (see 1.) and then perform a r-install.  The Wizard wizzed nicely after that… problem 3 followed.

3.      The CRM Workflow engine refused to start and no way could any of the error messages guide me to the eventual resolution… logic did not fix this one, but luck sometimes is on your side.  I un-installed  again twice after this and after the 3rd install I decided to make sure that the CRM application and web site were not located on the same drive as the SQL server and databases.  This done and now all is working just fine.  

It does seem that a large luck factor has been built into this application.  It is going to be a fun one to support.

Now… who gets the points for this one… even though I worked on this one for 5 days… I get no reward other than knowing that it is now working… this is sad.

Regards,
M
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Sorry about the links... the "chaps at NetSoEasy.com" is me.  But unfortunately, the security updates that came down to my web server last night killed Bind and I spent most of today getting it back up.

Also, sorry about not responding to my strange comment about giving "nothing" a shot... I apparently forgot to paste the link in there and as of now don't even remember what it was.

Just to offer a bit of empathy... my first install of CRM 3.0 took 16 tries!  10 of those with Microsoft Product Support on the phone with me!  (Turns out the problem I had was that the permissions on the Server Management Console had gotten modified and it wasn't allowing the installer to add the CRM Snap-in).

Anyhow... since you solved this yourself, please post a request to the Community Support TA asking for a refund and they will close out the question.

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Thanx Jeff,

It was good to have someone to communicate with during this phase of the process.  Now comes the fun part.  Learning the product and seeing what it can do.   We are looking forward to adding it as port of our product offering because here in South Africa there is no real support for the product at all.  Even Microsoft does not have telephonic support for it here.  We are in the dark here at times and it is nice to know that we can at least chat with people that have gone through what we are going through now.

Thanx again...  Do you by chance have a link to information on how to set up the workflow environment that will not mean having to drag myself through hours of the standard Microsoft white papers...?

Regards,
Maynard
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I don't really know of any, but you'll find good resources here:  http://thenorwichgroup.blogs.com/mscrm/2006/03/ms_crm_links.html

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Thanx.
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