Cannot access Central Administration Site

I just installed Sharepoint Services 3.0 SP2 on Windows 2008 R2. It completed the configuration wizard but when it launches the central administration site IE shows a HTTP 500 Internal Server Error.

This is an installation of a new Farm and a new databse to a new SQL 2008 R2 server on another server.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been banging my head for a few days now.

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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
Try disabling Loopback on the SharePoint server:

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry key:
Right-click Lsa, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type DisableLoopbackCheck, and then press ENTER.
Right-click DisableLoopbackCheck, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor, and then restart your computer.

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mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Unfortunately that did not work. I applied the registry change and rebooted. I cannot access it from either the local server or from remote machines. Are there any special rights that the app pool login needs? It is currently a domain admin account and a sql admin account. However, I may need to give it more rights inside of the local security policy.  
check the port number on your share point services are accepting traffic.
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mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
"sfaisalawan:check the port number on your share point services are accepting traffic. "

What is the best way to do this? I've confirmed that IIS is using the port that the wizard selected during the initial configuration.
can you put here event viewer log here related to sharepoint.

Also check if the app_pool a/c is locked or password has expired
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
Teh App Pool acoun is active. Where can I find the logs you want to see?

go to  start - run -type- eventvwr - then check application section you will find the events log which be generated.

you need to check latest error logs.....double click on it and copy and paste here.

mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
I checked the App Log and there are no errors.
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
I also ran a port scan and confirmed that the allocated port is open.
zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
check Event Viewer for errors
consider re-running the config wizard.
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
No errors in Event logs and I ran the config wizard again to no avail.
Daryl SirotaDirector of Technical ServicesCommented:
You'll want to look at the identity that the central admin webapp is running under, chances are its not happy. Look at the ULS logs in c:/program files/common files/microsoft shared/web server extensions/12/bin/logs - bound to be something there...
Question tho: why not SharePoint 2010 Foundation?
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
I'm looking into the reccomended log now.

I am migrating a site over from a server thats about to be decommissioned. I'm not quite ready to upgrade the site to 2010 unless it will maintain the customization.
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
This is the directory in which I found logs:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS

Is that correct?
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
I have a tone of the following in the current log:

12/28/2010 23:37:14.05       OWSTIMER.EXE (0x04E0)                         0x01F0      Windows SharePoint Services         Timer                               5uuf      Monitorable      The previous instance of the timer job 'Config Refresh', id '{27A75423-73F8-4784-BED8-2C2D162E8C8D}' for service '{DC542008-2C17-4782-A308-B2B0C935D343}' is still running, so the current instance will be skipped.  Consider increasing the interval between jobs.       

It seems to happen constantly and the file keeps growing.

Not other errors exist.
Daryl SirotaDirector of Technical ServicesCommented:
Try clearing the config cache on the new server by:
1. Stopping the OWSTIMER (SharePoint Timer) service
2. delete *only* the *.XML files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\SharePoint\Config\-guid-    
3. Edit the cache.ini and reset the number to 1. Save and close
4. start the timer service

It's possible the cache was corrupt, and this will allow it to start fresh.
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:

I did what you suggested and the page still does not load. I get the same "HTTP 500 Internal Server Error"
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:

Thank you for all of your help. I ended up uninstalling WSS 3.0 and deleting the database it created. Then I created a new user account. Gave it the necessary access to the database and logon as batch rights on the webserver. I then renstalled everything and it seems to be working now. The user account I used before was a domain admin so I don't know why it did not work.
mattheworificiAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your help. I split the points between all of you.
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