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I cannot get the second part of the sbs 2011 essentials setup to complete. It always says "An error occurred ..." The DVD is just out of the packet.  I have installed SBS 2011 Std on this hardware before.  Because the second part of setup follows on automatically after intial 'boot from the DVD' setup, the first thing that happens is my NIC is not found because of lack of drivers. If I kill the setup task and install NIC drivers and reboot to restart the setup process I get 'An error occurred..'  No explanation.  It gives me the option to save logs. But no way to look at these logs and when I do (offline) there are hundreds of logs  - I've no idea what I'm looking for.  Has anyone any ideas to get this setup task to completion. I've restarted too many times already.
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binumicrosoft earned 2000 total points
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In the install phase are you slecting for Windows Update?

Also the log file to be looked would be ConfigSvc.log

On this screen try the following key combination to see if it launches CMD
Shift+Ctrl+F10
 
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs\
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by:Alan Bateman
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Thanks.  Initially I was selecting updates, but in subsequent restarts I've decided to leave the updates 'til later in an attempt to simplify things.  I'll try Shift+Ctrl+F10 tomorrow when I'm back in office  (20:22 here now) .  Thanks for pointing out t5he log I should be looking at.  That might provide some real help.
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by:Alan Bateman
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OK, in the end I took another fresh out the packet hard drive and started right from the beginning again.  Not aware that I did anything differently to previous restarts but this time it worked.  I now have a working server. Thanks for your help though, it was useful in my troubleshooting phase.
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