SQL Server Issues

Last week I was beating my head against the table, because a VM I had quickly created wasn’t allowing SQL to install.  I kept receiving the following error in the detailed SQL error log:

Configuration action failed for feature SQL_Engine_Core_Inst during timing ConfigRC and scenario ConfigRC.
External component has thrown an exception.
The configuration failure category of current exception is ConfigurationFailure
Configuration action failed for feature SQL_Engine_Core_Inst during timing ConfigRC and scenario ConfigRC.
System.Runtime.InteropServices.SEHException: External component has thrown an exception.
at Microsoft.Win32.SafeNativeMethods.CloseHandle(IntPtr handle)
at System.Runtime.InteropServices.SafeHandle.InternalDispose()
at System.Runtime.InteropServices.SafeHandle.Dispose(Boolean disposing)
at System.Diagnostics.Process.Close()
at System.Diagnostics.Process.Dispose(Boolean disposing)
at System.ComponentModel.Component.Dispose()
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.SqlServerServiceBase.WaitSqlServerStart(Process processSql)
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.SqlEngineDBStartConfig.ConfigSQLServerSystemDatabases(EffectiveProperties properties, Boolean isConfiguringTemplateDBs, Boolean useInstallInputs)
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.SqlEngineDBStartConfig.DoCommonDBStartConfig(ConfigActionTiming timing)
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlConfigBase.SlpConfigAction.ExecuteAction(String actionId)
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlConfigBase.SlpConfigAction.Execute(String actionId, TextWriter errorStream)
Exception: System.Runtime.InteropServices.SEHException.
Source: System.
Message: External component has thrown an exception.

It turns out that I accidentally downloaded the debug check build version of Windows 2008 R2 SP1, and well, you can’t install SQL with that version.  Needless to say, the error message makes this completely obvious.  Found the hint to look at the ISO I was using on MSDN social.

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