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SQL 2008: Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed.

johnftamburo asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Clean install of SQL 2008 Enterprise onto a machine running Windows 2003R2 Datacenter SP2.  Machine was clean of SQL Server Express/Standard/etc version of any SQL Server edition.

I've run into this error repeatedly.  Checked to ensure that both the installing account and the service account had full access to the "protect" folder in their profiles.  Checked to ensure that the install media was good by re-downloading it. Uninstalled and reinstalled numerous times.

Error in install log:

Detailed results:
  Feature:                       Database Engine Services
  Status:                        Failed: see logs for details
  MSI status:                    Passed
  Configuration status:          Failed: see details below
  Configuration error code:      0x4BDAF9BA@1306@24
  Configuration error description: Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes.
  Configuration log:             C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20120213_233204\Detail.txt

The detail File is attached.
So is the error log with a 15209 error in it.

Please help me.  We're dead in the water until this is fixed.
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