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Solution – Unable to install SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2012 Server – Error – The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion

Posted by blakhani on June 10, 2015

Recently I was trying to do some test with old version of SQL and ran into interesting issue. I ran the setup of SQL Server 2008 RTM on Windows Server 2012. It failed with error

The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion

The error means that SQL Setup was unable to start the SQL Server service in middle of the installation. I had no choice but  to cancel the installation. Here are the messages logged in various setup logs. here is the snip from Summary.txt

Overall summary:

  Final result:                  SQL Server installation failed. To continue, investigate the reason for the failure, correct the problem, uninstall SQL Server, and then rerun SQL Server Setup.

  Exit code (Decimal):           -595541211

  Exit facility code:            1152

  Exit error code:               49957

  Exit message:                  SQL Server installation failed. To continue, investigate the reason for the failure, correct the problem, uninstall SQL Server, and then rerun SQL Server Setup.

  Start time:                    2015-05-08 21:26:19

  End time:                      2015-05-08 21:37:05

  Requested action:              Install

  Log with failure:              C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20150508_212400\Detail.txt

Detailed results:

  Feature:                       Database Engine Services

  Status:                        Failed: see logs for details

  MSI status:                    Passed

  Configuration status:          Failed: see details below

  Configuration error code:      0xDC80C325

  Configuration error description: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. 

  Configuration log:             C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20150508_212400\Detail.txt

I love the error message in summary as it tells me what exactly need to be done. Investigate, correct the cause, uninstall SQL and re-run setup. Perfect! So let’s investigate. Detail.txt had nothing interesting than telling that I am not able to start SQL Service. Since SQL service was present after cancelling the setup, I tried to start manually but it was same error via services.msc. So I tried to start SQL Server executable via command prompt by running sqlserver.exe –c –sMSQLSERVER command and it gave me below popup message.

Problem signature:

  Problem Event Name:         BEX64

  Application Name:           sqlservr.exe

  Application Version:        2009.100.1600.1

  Application Timestamp:      4bb6b40b

  Fault Module Name:          StackHash_120f

  Fault Module Version:

  Fault Module Timestamp:     00000000

  Exception Offset:           PCH_EF_FROM_ntdll+0x000000000009177A

  Exception Code:             c0000005

  Exception Data:             0000000000000008

  OS Version:                 6.3.9600.

  Locale ID:         1033

  Additional Information 1:         120f

  Additional Information 2:         120feecb532e5330843bb85768dc5d8d

  Additional Information 3:         86ef

  Additional Information 4:         86ef44a294d70f6087e5d1fcc74465eb


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The code highlighted above is Access Violation hex code. I did some more search and found below KB (How to use SQL Server in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2)


So, now I know that my issue is that RTM version of SQL Server 2008 is not supported on Windows Server 2012 and I have to do slipstreaming of media so that SP2 is installed along with RTM.

I Slipstreamed media using Peter’s blog

After making media ready, I uninstalled SQL, restarted machine and used the slipstream media. This time I was able to install SQL without any error.

Hope this helps.

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  • Balmukund Lakhani
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    Posted in Installation, Setup, SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

    SQL Cluster Setup Error – System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070490): Element not found

    Posted by blakhani on May 19, 2015

    My job revolves around troubleshooting and fixing the broken thing. Here is one of the situation which I ran into recently and was unable to find solution on internet. It my responsibility to provide self-assist option to the SQL community so that they can find the problem and fix by themselves.

    I was trying to install SQL Server 2012 on a 2 nodes Windows cluster. When I tried installing it, it failed with error in subject line. At this first look it sounds like some COM+ error but as always, setup logs are my first place to find the errors. Here is the MSDN link which explains the various files created by setup (View and Read SQL Server Setup Log Files)

    The information which I saw in setup logs was pretty interesting. In particular, I looked into Detail.txt file which is the parent file of all MSI logs. (I have removed date and time for better reading)

    Error: Action "Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SetupExtension.ValidateFeatureSettingsAction" threw an exception during execution.
    Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionExecutionException: Element not found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070490) —> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070490): Element not found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070490)
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Interop.MSClusterLib.ISClusResource.get_Disk()
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.Cluster.ClusterPhysicalDisk.get_Partitions()
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.ClusterConfiguration.ClusterDiskPublicConfigObject.IsPathOnSharedDisk(String path)
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SetupExtension.SlpInputSettings.ValidateNotOnSharedDisk(ValidationState vs, String directoryName, String bindingKey, String errorMessage)
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SetupExtension.SlpInputSettings.Validate_InstallSharedDir(ValidationState vs)
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SetupExtension.SlpInputSettings.ValidateSettings()
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SetupExtension.ValidateFeatureSettingsAction.ExecuteAction(String actionId)
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Chainer.Infrastructure.Action.Execute(String actionId, TextWriter errorStream)
       at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.ExecuteActionHelper(TextWriter statusStream, ISequencedAction actionToRun)


    The stack goes from bottom to Top. If we read the function calls made, anyone can conclude that there is something happening with cluster disks. That’s a good hint. So, I went back to failover cluster manager and looked into Disks under “Storage”. There was a disk which was in failed state. I was not able to bring this online and that’s THE problem! SQL Setup would enumerate the disks to find eligible disks which can be used and it’s not able to find details about that disk. Here was the error when I attempted to bring it online.

    The resource ‘Cluster Disk 1’ did not come online.
    The desired state change for ‘Cluster Disk 1’ did not occur before the timeout expired.

    I realized that I have played with iSCSI and messed up the disk which was presented.

    Solution: Delete the disks which are not able to come online under “Storage > Disks” or “Available Storage” in failover cluster manager interface.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Posted in Cluster, Installation, Setup, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014 | Tagged: , , , , | 3 Comments »