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FATAL: DcPromo: The server was not promoted to a domain controller.

I'm trying to perform a clean install on a IBM X3200 M3 server of SBS 2011 Standard but it is failing on the DCpromo. I have tried several different passwords and still fails. dcpromo-failed.txt
never had this on 2008 or 2003.
Not sure what to do next.
I have seen this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2536941 this does not quite fit what the logs say. however this is the error I'm getting.
i have used passwords like AwCrTy123# still no good. what gives?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Are you running DCPROMO or are you using the wizard - Always use the wizard in SBS
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Romans8Author Commented:
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abhijitwaikarCommented:
Check below things on server:
1. Use the default administrator account for the migration.

2. Verify that the account is a member of DnsAdmins, Domain Admins, Enterprise Admin and Schema Admins

3. In Default Domain Controller Security Settings->Local Policies->User Rights Assignment->Enable computer and user accounts to be trusted for delegation and then adding the Domain Admins template to this.  Then run "gpupdate /force" to update the policy.

4. DNS pointing should be proper, point itself or local server IP as a primary DNS, Do not add public DNS IP in NIC.

Also refer this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_27017156.html

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Romans8Author Commented:
remember its a clean install, not a migration
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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Hi,

Is the hardware requirement for SBS 2011 met with your current hardware? Please have a look at this MS article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg491249.aspx
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Romans8Author Commented:
yeah, its a brand new system, 10Gb ddr ram, 300Gb HD Xeon cpu.
thinking about disabling the other nic
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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Yes..It's good idea
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Romans8Author Commented:
I did another clean install (NOT a Migration) this time with the NIC 2 disabled in the bios and the server connected to the internet.
Initially it was encouraging because it was taking longer than before. (loading updates)
The DCpromo failed again though with the error "904.073948.2487: Setup: ErrorCode is ExitBadLocalAdminPwd, (94)"
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Romans8Author Commented:
Checking if Active Directory Domain Services binaries are installed...
Active Directory Domain Services Setup

Validating environment and parameters...

The local Administrator account becomes the domain Administrator account when you create a new domain. The new domain cannot be created because the local Administrator account password does not meet requirements.

Currently, a password is not required for the local Administrator account. We recommend that you use the net user command-line tool with the /passwordreq:yes option to require a password for this account before you create the new domain; otherwise, a password will not be required for the domain Administrator account.
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Romans8Author Commented:
Checking if Active Directory Domain Services binaries are installed...
Active Directory Domain Services Setup
Validating environment and parameters...
The local Administrator account becomes the domain Administrator account when you create a new domain. The new domain cannot be created because the local Administrator account password does not meet requirements.
Currently, a password is not required for the local Administrator account. We recommend that you use the net user command-line tool with the /passwordreq:yes option to require a password for this account before you create the new domain; otherwise, a password will not be required for the domain Administrator account.

SOLUTION

net user Administrator /passwordreq:yes
All works
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Romans8Author Commented:
hunted around and sorted it myself
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infradatelCommented:
Having this issue myself right now will give this a go tomorrow morning just wanted to say thanks for posting the solution, I am blaming the IBM server guide disk I have installed SBS 2011 at other sites with no issues this is the first IBM server I have done.
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Romans8Author Commented:
no probs, the server i installed a month ago has gone on to be a good machine, not problems so far.
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ttr1999Commented:
I am facing the same problem on an ibm x 3500 m4, also trying to install sbs 2011 on a brandnew machine . . .

So I am wondering  w h e n  would I run the command, this would be only possible after the first attempt of the installation has failed ??

During the "regular" installion process using the wizzard there is no chance to run any commands.
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infradatelCommented:
When running through the setup you havent got "admin" in the user name have you? Been a long time since I had this issue but I seem to remember that being a problem.
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ttr1999Commented:
Yes, I have "admin" in the user name during my last two attempts: "xxxadmin". I htought this account is deleated anyway during installation process . . .

By the way, the password I type in during the installation wizzard is a "save" one . . .

I will give it another trial by tomorrow !
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infradatelCommented:
If I remember correctly you need to make sure you do not have the word admin anywhere in the username, there are also some others you cannot use, so be creative with the username, if I remember correctly I used the companies name.
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ttr1999Commented:
Yes, I think I combined something inbetween admin and company name as I thought this account would be used for the installation only . . .
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