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SharePoint 2010 install error : The errorData argument cannot be null or zero length

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When I started to install a new clean SharePoint 2010 server I came across this error during the configuration wizard (when selecting the SQL Server instance):

System.ArgumentNullException was thrown. Additional exception information: The errorData argument cannot be null or zero length. Parameter name: errorData.

Googling/Binging it brought me to various solutions about firewalls etcetera, but as this was a local machine install that couldn’t be the cause of the problem. Appearantly this cryptic message just means one thing: I can’t find your SQL Server. Due to changing the development machine to a domain controller after installing SQL, the service account for SQL didn’t have the required access. If you have the same problem, do not change it in your services screen, change it in your SQL Server Configuration Manager. If that fails with an error message (as it did in my case), add the service account to your administrator group, start the services, fake to change it again and remove the account from the administrator group. That should leave you with a running SQL and now you can run the configuration wizard of SharePoint 2010.

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  1. February 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi from Russia! Will it be possible for me to quote a post within your weblog using the link to you? I’ve tried emailing you about this problem but it seems i cant reach you, please response when have a time, thanks.

  2. JustMike
    March 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Hahahahah, thank you, thank you very much!

  3. koenvosters
    March 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm


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