Completing the SBS 2011 Standard setup after a failure during the promotion to a domain controller:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2536941

That KB came out earlier but it’s time to review it again. 

My first advice to anyone doing a SBS migration is to say no to updates during the install.

Repeat after me.

Just SAY NO.

When looking in the DcPromo.log, always search for “[ERROR]” from top to bottom, once you find the line, for example: “04/08/2011 10:19:41 [ERROR] Failed to install to Directory Service (5)”, then concentrate on the error code in the (), on this case 5, which translates to ACCESS_DENIED.

I find that the error logs read best from bottom to top.  The errors normally pop out well from the bottom rather than from the top.  Now in a dcpromo log you won’t have all the logs of updates you did during the install, but the SBSsetup log sure does.

 

One Response to Completing the SBS 2011 Standard setup after a failure during the promotion to a domain controller:

  1. Dean says:

    Is there a published list that translates those numbers into errors ?