SBS 2003 Installation Error

SBS 2003
Small Business Server
I am having to reinstall SBS 2003 on a server which died recently. I deleted all previous partitions, created new ones, formated the partition and then started the install. The install program starts by installing windows server 2003. It then reboots, and you have to login as an Administrator. At that point, it should prompt to continue the installation. Mine does not. It stops there. Is there a way to FORCE Windows SBS 2003 to continue the installation, or something else I can do? I have started from scratch twice now to get it to install the rest of the services and programs, but both times - with fresh, clean installs, it never moves on to the second step. HELP - I'm so screwed if I can't get this server back up and running

Software/Hardware used:
Dell Server, Small Business Server 2003 Premium

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Hi, I think what you are talking about is the installation of Server 2003 R2. R2 comes on 2 discs and once you have installed the main components of 2003 from the first CD, it will prompt you to put in CD2 to install the R2 components.

It might be that you are installing from a normal Server 2003 installation CD and that is why it is not prompting you.

If you have CD2 put it in and run r2auto.exe.

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  • carlosdl
    I agree with Owen, you might be using the wrong discs. Even if you stop the installation after installing the OS, it should put a 'Continue Setup' icon on your desktop, so you can resume when you're ready.
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  • Davidlgibbs
    I wish that were the case. No, I am installing Windows Small Business Server 2003, Premium Edition. It comes on three discs, plus a disc with Outlook 2003, a disc with "Premium Technologies," and a disc with Front Page 2003. It was on this same server previously, but crashed beyond salvage, so we are re-installing the operating system. The installation starts with the typical Windows blue-screen installation, then moves on to setting up Windows Server 2003 (the base of SBS), and once finished with that part of the installation, the computer is rebooted, prompting the installer to login as Administrator. According to the Manual, and according to how we had previously installed the OS, once logged in for the first time as Administrator, it should then prompt the user to begin setting up company specific information (Domain, etc...) and adding the SBS components such as Exchange, SQL, etc... Our install twice now has hung at that point, and does not prompt for the domain/company specific setup, nor to install the balance of the SBS components. I know that they are the right discs because they say right on the face Small Business Server 2003, and they are the same discs from which we previously installed the OS 2 years ago. There is also no "continue setup" icon created. I'm hoping someone has run into this before, and figured out a work-around.
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  • carlosdl
    I would try using another set of discs, just in case. Also, sometimes hardware problems cause some uncommon software errors, so, to discard memory problems, I would also run some diagnostics with tools like Windows Memory Diagnostic or Memtest86
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