I am at a loss here,
Did a clean install of 2008 R2 Enterprise, downloaded all windows updates, updated ll drivers.
Everything looked great, the system literally boots in 5- seconds.
I followed all the steps listed here http://www.petri.co.il/installing-active-directory-windows-server-2008.htm
to create a first DC in a new forest.
I followed every step and dcpromo went through without any errors.
The problem is that upon reboot, I am stuck at the splash screen...
I reformatted / reinstalled 5 times already, always the same result...it works great without any errors whatsoever in the eventlog until I run dcpromo.
I found several ppl running into the same problem on different forums but no solutions.
SAME exact problem as described here : http://www.winvistatips.com/dcpromo-seems-stuck-windows-server-2008-r2-t788918.html
They think it might be a driver issue but disagree, the server works 100% with all the drivers installed and rock stable UNTILL it gets promoted to DC.
Anybody has any ideas? Or maybe have questions that could lead to an idea?
All help is apreciated, for some reason I keep thinking its a DNS issue, but after doing 10-20 2003 Server DC installs, I am pretty sure I followed all the steps in prepping the server before dcpromo...plus I followed all the steps from the link posted above.