I have been tasked with installing some server software on a box that is using:
Asus Rampage Extreme 2 Motherboard Windows Server 2008 R2 Drivers for Windows 7 (because as far as I know, Asus does not distribute specific drivers for Windows Server 2008)
I'm running into strange behaviour trying to install software that should not be rocket science. This includes SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint, Team Foundation Server, IIS, etc.
For example, IIS is throwing errors when trying to install Microsoft CRM, so it was uninstalled. Now it won't install at all. SQL Server installs and throws an error that says "External component has thrown an exception". The service starts, but when you try to connect to it a message that says the server is in single-user mode appears. Tried to restart the service and it won't start after being stopped. The log after restarting says it's trying to read the master database files from a drive letter that doesn't even exist. Scared it's not worth working through these errors as they seem absurd.
Any thoughts? Would it be best to instead run Windows 7 with Server 2008 running on a virtual server?
I'm curious to know if anyone else has experienced similar-type errors with software installation problems using Win 7 drivers on Server 2008.
Thanks for any feedback!