SQL Server 2012 install on to WIndows 2012 fails with no external error msg

Posted on 2014-08-07
Last Modified: 2016-03-07
We are installing SQL Server 2012 on a remote server and the CD/DVD is inserted in the Z:\ drive.
All seems to be working (system is OK to install, license key is accepted, update files are downloaded) until is stops and returns to the landing page.  The picture shows the last thing it tried to execute.  After 2 minutes I closed the landing page and the rest of the log entries are shows.

installation log laste entry before stopped working
The Summary file has this error:

Please let me know if there is any other useful information I can provide.
Question by:FDC2005
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    Expert Comment

    Is this a headless installation?

    Author Comment

    Please define 'headless'.  I am able to get a remote desktop into the server and execute the installation manually and see the WIndows user interface progress.

    Let me know if this answers your question.
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    Expert Comment

    try to use another dvd, try to copy install files (extract) to local drive and try to install from there, and run as administrator

    Author Comment

    I  XCOPY'd the files from the DVD and ran them from the C:\temp dir.  I got the same behavior.  I am including the bottom of the Summary file that may have more details on the error:
     Any other advise is welcomed!!!

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    Expert Comment

    as per MS - you must download and use ENU ISO

    SQL Server Setup failure (Error code 0x858C001B)

    what is your remote  server OS version \edition\sp ?

    please read and compare vs what you have:

    Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012

    --try to get another fresh DVD copy

    and one more in case:
    How to install SQL Server 2012


    SQL Server Setup failure (Error code 0x858C001B)

    Accepted Solution

    The ultimate resolution was that I needed to uninstall *all* SQL Server components.  Even though the Uninstall program ran and removed SQL Server from the list of programs, it wasn't fully uninstalled and when I hit F5 it would reappear.  I had to manually remove the files and delete the registry entry.

    THEN I needed new media that was not corrupted.  I was working on this remotely and someone at the site put in a new DVD.

    With both items in place I was able to successfully install SQL Server 2012!  Thanks for all your advise.

    Author Closing Comment

    Solution was to manually remove files and hack the registry.

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