Failed to create configuration database for MOSS

Working with a test Windows 2008 R2 server with SQL 2008 R2 installed, onto which I was trying to install Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). Every time I tried I get the error:

 

“Failed to created the configuration database”

 

during the setup and configuration wizard.

 

However, when I looked in the SQL manager the configuration database was there.

 

Tried many, many things thinking it was a software compatibility issue with Windows Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008 R2. Nope, not those those applications BUT I also had Office 2010 installed on the machine (since I was using it as a stand alone demo).

 

Problem turned out to be Office 2010, which I uninstalled and everything then worked fine.

 

Today’s lesson = MOSS and Office 2010 don’t work together on same machine.

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