Server 2003 Enterprise Upgrade stuck at 39 Minutes?

Posted on 2014-08-21
Last Modified: 2014-08-21
Hey EE,

Upgrading a server from 2003 Standard to 2003 Enterprise. Everything went fine in the operating system, now after the restart the installation has been hung at 39 minutes for about an hour now? The CD Drive doesn't appear to be spinning, and I'm concerned with what might be going on.

Has anyone experienced this before? Perhaps a solution? The only thing I can think is to try re-burning the CD I'm using to try and do the install, but it doesn't seem like that's the issue.
Question by:troycsl
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    by:Thomas Grassi
    Is this server a dc or member server?

    Author Comment

    The server was not a DC or member server, it had Terminal Services installed, but that's it.
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    The upgrade process can take up to an hour and maybe longer.

    You have another hard drive to install on?

    I know you would like to keep the terminal services setup but sometimes a reinstall fresh is the best method.

    Author Comment

    I definitely understand the upgrade process can take a while, as I'm coming off doing one last week, but It's never taken this long to get past the initial "computer setup" portion of the installation.

    Currently a fresh install is not an option.

    I'm re-burning the media in hopes that it might be something to do with that.

    Author Comment

    Turns out patience really is a virtue. After almost exactly an hour of what appeared to me to be a frozen / not-doing-anything screen, I came back to the server to see it continuing on it's way.

    Thanks for the comment Trgrassijr55, I wouldn't have let it sit that long if you hadn't said that!

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