So, we get this error when we go to install a new instance of SQL 2008 on a dedicated Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 box:
Rule Check Result
Rule “Restart computer” failed.
A computer restart is required. You must restart this computer before installing SQL Server.
But, we _just_ restarted it because of that error?!?
A quick search turned up the following:
- Microsoft SQL Forums: Not able to install SqlServer 2008 says Restart computer failed
The Forum post suggest that we look at the following registry key:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperations
Sure enough, when we look into the registry, we find the culprit:
We deleted the content in that key since whatever the HP driver was trying to do it was failing at it miserably.
Of course, we Exported the Session Manager key _before_ deleting the content!
When we click the Re-run button in the SQL Server 2008 Setup window we were greeted with:
Restart Computer: Passed
We were good to go on installing that needed instance.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book