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Windows 2008 taking too long at the Completing installation phase

I am installing windows 2008 Entrpise on two identical intel SR2500 servers with 12 GB of memory and for some reason it has been on the last phase for the past hour. ( the Completing Installation ).
It has not frozen up because I see the  progress dots (....) keep appearing and disappearing as it would normally while its going through the install. This is my first time installling 2008, so but I don't think that's normal.
Thank you,  
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Gunter17Commented:
Both machines are experiencing the same results, or just one?
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netcompAuthor Commented:
Both are doing the same thing
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AmnonmCommented:
First i would suggest that you will create an Image file to deploy if you have many machines it will help you to install and also to determine where is the problem
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netcompAuthor Commented:
I relay hope that you don't post unless you know the answer or can be helpful.   Now , others will not respond when they see two people have responded. Your Answers are Unrelated. What does disk images have to do with my problem. PLEASE STOP THIS ...............
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Greg HejlCommented:
hmmm - i seem to remember this same issue - pulled my hair out until I realized i did not have the right disk in the drives after installing drivers files.....

Doh!
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AmnonmCommented:
Sorry if you don't see the logic in this so you don't but please don't disrespect people.
Alot of people in the end say "how i did not think of this"
let me explaine how is my answer is related ok
if you deploy this image from a CD and the symptoms are similar it can say that you have an hardware problem bad DVD or Harddrive or so.
if not it can suggest that you have a problem with the installation CD

And a alot of other things mate we just try to solve things that we don't see in front of us and it's harder for us than to you.
:-)
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AmnonmCommented:
netcomp can you indicate if the installation is slower in a specific part for
example hardware detection or so?
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netcompAuthor Commented:
Amnonm, I have no intentions of disrespecting anyone and I hope I did not do that to you, but as I have stated in my original post, it is being stooped at Completing Installation. Just make sure that you do a better job or reading the questions. For all I care, any one can post a response, but that just stops others that actually can help from responding.

Greg, Do you mean that you had the wrong CD in the drive?
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Greg HejlCommented:
@ netcomp - errr - yes!  I put the drivers disks in and did the go button,  came back awhile later - saw it was done and hit the go button again before putting the OS disk back in!  it never timed or errored out.  it just hung, took me awhile to figure out what i did!  Doh!
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AmnonmCommented:
I suggest to run an hardware tests to see if something causing that you can boot with this CD and do it without OS:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

in addition you can try to setup other OS on there like for example Windows XP assuming that you have an installation CD and see if this goes well so it will strongly indicate that it can be the windows 2008 CD

you can take my advice or just ignore it your decision  
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AmnonmCommented:
And another thing that i used to run into sometimes in installations is the SATA controller mode

The BIOS Setup utility provides multiple drive configuration options on the Advanced
ATA Controller setup page,
 The“Onboard SATA Controller” option is enabled by default. When this option is enabled, the
“SATA Mode” option can be set to either Legacy or Enhanced.

this is also something that i would have check.
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netcompAuthor Commented:
I figured out the issue after contacting Intel who makes the servers SR600URSA. This is going to sound crazy, but here it goes. During the install, a network cable has to be pluged into one of the netowrk ports. It has to do something with the netowrk link .
I am glad that it all worked out. Thank you for your attampts at answering this question.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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