Storage Server gives error message when trying to connect

Posted on 2012-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-09-13
I installed Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 on a Lenovo 91p 64-bit on a 3 TB hard drive partitioned so that there was  less than 1.5 GBs to meet the criteria.

I have now installed the OS three times as it continues to fail or work and then fail. The latest is it installed and I was able to connect to it from a client computer using the default username "Administrator" and a particular difficult password given the username.

I then connected a second machine. I was unable to do any backup setups as you have to set up a server backup. To be honest, I find all of these criteria a bit of a pain as I think I should be able to set the size of the backup drive, and I should be able to decide if I want to do a server backup. But, I guess Microsoft is looking out for me.

Now we know that it works, but I need to join it to the domain. Here again is trouble as you can't use http://connect on a 2008 machine. (connecting to SBS 2008 -- all clients are WIN 7 Pro). So, I did it manually, which required turning off AD Certificate Authority -- Why? I don't know. But, it says to. On the 3rd try, after I get two computers to work, just to show that it works, I use the technique they want you to use, which is use the Dashboard, click on Internet settings, and select domain. This wizard walks you through and gets you on the domain. Of course, now you must manually move the Storage server to the correct OU in AD by moving it to SBSservers from SBScomputers. I don't know...maybe moving it directly was a mistake.

As I eventually did not want to have the Administrator account as the default account, I logged into the server as myself, a domain admin. I set up security parameters of Domain Unsers, which is part of the wizard to join the domain. I did a little housekeeping, e.g. configured the Start Menu, set up the network driver (already done, of course) added the graphics drivers and added A/V. Pretty much it.

So, now that I am on the domain, I go to a 3rd computer. I use http://server_name/connect  and it takes me to the connect to the server wizard. Everything goes well until I get to a screen I am oh too familiar with:

"Cannot connect the computer to the server because either another software installation is in progress, or, the computer has a restart pending. Either complete the installation process, or, restart the computer and try to connect it again.

So, I reboot the storage server and both connected computers. And, there was no software installation in progress or restart pending that I knew of.

Anyway, I hope someone can save me some money, because I am going to get a ticket with Microsoft and have them set it up correctly.

Thank you.

Question by:Bert2005
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    by:James Haywood
    The only time I had this persistent error was with a user gpo pushing a hp printer. As part of the driver install it flagged up as requiring a reboot. I will dig out the registry key you might need to look at.
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    Thanks hhaywood000
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    by:James Haywood
    Try renaming the following key from PendingFileRenameOperations to  PendingFileRenameOperations2

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    Hi Haywood,

    Sorry it took so long. I did the above, and it actually get me past that screen and to the insert password screen. Then it brought me to another error. Something about it had already been connected. I tried System Restore, which I am not big on, but it was successful. But, then it goes back to the original error. I tried a computer that had never been attached, and it gives the original error.

    I should say, the key is PendingFileRename and not PendingFileRenameOptions.

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    Accepted Solution

    I am pretty sure I came up with the answer. While playing with Storage Server, I read somewhere that the server backup for the server itself must be set up in order to set up the clients. Once I did this, the clients all connected.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Haywood's posts were very helpful, but I believe it wouldn't have been solved without the storage backup.

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