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    I'm trying to build a domain controller and failing.

    The system (and straight up I'll say this is just an ordinary PC, no specific supported hardware) installs 2008 Enterprise R2/64bit fine but, when I configure it as a DC it won't boot afterwards (or at least takes so long it's not worth waiting for so I end up (several hours later) just switching it off.

    Hardware config is:

    * Gigabyte S1155 Intel H67 DDR3 mini-ITX motherboard (onboard VGA)
    * Intel Pentium Dual Core G840 2.8GHz LGA1155
    * Western Digital 1.5TB SATA-II 5.4K-RPM 64MB Cache (Caviar Green)
    * 8GB Memory
    * No DVD (USB used)

    Non R2/64 Enterprise works but takes ages to get to the [Ctrl] [Alt] [Del] logon (about 10 mins), staying on the "Microsoft Corporation" splash (4mins), then black screen (6 mins) with mouse cursor working and finally starting services. Once it at the logon, logging on & desktop performance seem reasonably OK.

    Looking at the event log there's some suggestion that it doesn't like the write-caching on my HD but I can't see any way to change that.

    I could, perhaps, put a different drive in but before I go that way, any ideas?

    J C Rocks (An Aspiring Author's Journey)
    The Abyssal Void War: Stars, Hide Your Fires

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    Re: 2008 R2 Post AD Problem

    Well there you go ... haven't fully confirmed it (with R2 'n stuff) but it appears it didn't like SATA3 disk ports and when I swapped my SATA3 disk onto a SATA2 port it all worked AOK.

    EDIT: Confirmed that 2008 R2 works fine as long (on the mobo at any rate) as long as you use a SATA 2 port.

    Last edited by Kyuuketsuki; 3rd October 2011, 14:09.
    J C Rocks (An Aspiring Author's Journey)
    The Abyssal Void War: Stars, Hide Your Fires