Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2: Active Directory Domain Services - Installation Failed

If, like me, you installed Windows Server 2008 R2  and then went on to disable several of the windows services you thought you didn't need prior to installing the Active Directory Domain Services role - you may have noticed that the Installation Fails.

I usually disable services that I feel are not required for what I'm doing. This especially helps create an optimal system when using a virtual machine.

However - learn from my mistake: Don't disable Remote Registry.

Remote Registry is a dependency of DFS Namespaces which is a dependancy of Active Directory Domain Services. Make sure these two services are enabled and you won't experience the same Installation Failed message.

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