I'm having a problem with a clients SBS server and despite numerous hours looking into this have not found a solution.
Basically Windows Installer or some component of it seems to be broken. When installing a number of programs, the installation process just hangs. No errors, just stops and the install process runs at 100% cpu on one core. I can leave it for days and it just conintues in this manner. Never completes and never throws an error until I terminate it or restart the machine.
Doesn't happen with all installations but most, including some MS install programs. Restoring is not really an option, though I did try to migrate to another machine using SBS 2008 migration, but can't run the migration wizard - it hangs like other install programs...
I'm willing to give pretty much anything a go at this point even revisiting things I've tried which is why I won't go into the list of what I have tried in any great detail as I may have overlooked something.
I can say the latest thing I tried was to try running .Net 3.5 SP1 maintenance mode - hung running for several days.
So in order of preference -
- fix the issue somehow
- get the migration wizard to run and I'll transfer everything over to another machine. (In fact I may do this regardless)