Windows Server 2003 installation hangs
Posted on 2007-03-22
I've got an issue with the installation of Windows Server 2003. It hangs right at the begning of the 'GUI' part on 34 minutes remaning counted down on the left hand side.
Basically the server is a 2U machine with 5 disks installed. 2 are in RAID 0 for the OS to boot off, with 3 more in RAID 5 for storage etc.
I have wiped, re-created, started from scratch, used 4 different CD's for installation, basically done everything and yet it still hangs at this point. Windows 2000 server was installed previously and that worked fine with no errors. This is a fresh install.
I would guess that there is a hardware fault somewhere along the line, but I have no idea how to identify it? All BIOS diagnostics and POST report 100% healthy system. The RAID controller also reports as 100% healthy. CPU's aren't overheating and it is the same point of failure every single time.
From what I can tell everything is working fine, just it fails at this point GRRR!!!
Any advice / help / kicks up the a** would be most welcome :)