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SQL 2005 Standard Installation fails

Posted on 2012-03-21
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I have a frustrating issue. I have a Dell R710 server. Due to software constraints, I'm forced to use Server 2003 x86 as the OS. To use the full 8GB of RAM, I installed Server 2003 Enterprise. After installing all the latest updates, and IIS, I attempted to install SQL Server 2005 standard. Everything went well until the end, when I got the error message that the SQL service didn't start. Looking at the services list, I didn't even see it listed!

So, I deleted the instance, and tried again, with the same results. I re-installed a fresh OS, without any updates,installed IIS and got the same response. This time, the database utilities and the SQL instance failed the installation. I was using our MSDN DVD to see if there was any corruption on the file we use, but there was no difference.

I downgraded to 2003 R2 SP2 X86, and started the installation agaion. I got the same problem/failure again.

We've used the exact same procedure before, and everything installed fine. We use the. network service account and mixed mode authentication.

Any help or ideas would be greatl appreciated.

Thanks
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by:Ilya Rubinshteyn
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Have you checked the SQL installation Log? what does it say the issue is?
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The SQL log didn't give me any information that I could see. I did find an obscure reference about multi-processors, server 2003 and SQL 5.

I finally got the software to install correctly.

The final fix:

Go into MSCONFIG, change the settings to show just 1 processor (NOT CORES), then install SQL 5. After installtion, patches, etc., go back into MSCONFIG and reset the system back to the original number of processors (NOT CORES)
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by:wheelgunr
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Found the solution by myself after days of research.
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