Windows Server 2012 Essentials - Configure Server Essentials Wizard stuck at 33% for hours

Posted on 2014-07-10
Last Modified: 2014-07-21
I have just loaded Windows Server Essentials 2012 for the very first time.  I am replacing a Windows 2008 R2 server.  I loaded the server software and then made it a domain controller.  Then I proceeded to run the wizard when it automatically opened on login to the new server.
However, it states it should only take 30 minutes, but it is at 33% (which it jumped to almost instantly) and it has not changed and has been stuck at 33% for about 4 hours.  I tried rebooting and it just continues where it left off.

Any ideas of what I should do to resolve this?
Question by:David Barman
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    From MSDN something to note

    Plan for and deploy Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

    Specifically on the below e.g.

    check the requirements

    and note the limitations

    Cannot be installed in an environment with a pre-existing Active Directory domain (however, there is a grace period of 21 days for performing migrations). The Windows Server Essentials Experience only works in a single-domain environment that does not include a read-only domain controller. There is no workaround at this time.

    If you install Windows Server Essentials as a virtual machine, and if your server is not connected to the network (or the DHCP service is not available) while running the Configure Windows Server Essentials wizard, Anywhere Access functionalities (such as Remote Web Access, virtual private networking, and DirectAccess) are blocked.

    To avoid this, ensure that your server has a network connection when you install Windows Server Essentials as a virtual machine and run the Configure Windows Server Essentials Wizard. If this has already occurred, manually configure the DNS forwarder settings.

    Accepted Solution

    I fixed the problem by just formatting and reloading from scratch.  There must have been some problem the first time I installed it.  Now it is working and I was able to transfer AD from my existing server, etc.
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    ok and if there is helpful comment i appreciate the kind point out. thks!

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    by:David Barman
    Reloading OS fixed the issue

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