Lync 2013 Frontend Server installation error – Execution failed: Cannot find any suitable disks for database files.

Short blog post and a small finding with Lync 2013’s frontend installation.

As you would have seen with my installation blog guides, I’m building a comprehensive guide for Lync 2013 with all the key features being installed. What this means is both RAM and disk space is at a premium in my lab environment.

So for the SQL server i allocated 25gb disk space, and on the pooled front ends I’ve initially allocated 20gb’s of disk space. In the old Lync 2010 set up this was always enough space per server to complete an installation whereas with Lync 2013 i was getting an annoying error which at first left me wondering why. ? My SQL Server mirrors had 3gb space available and my Lync Frontends also had 4gb of free space still so why the error???

The problem information in the error log file gave very little help as to why i was getting this issue on the local database setup for collocated databases.

 

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Well after a little bit of fact-finding with trial and error, it looks like there has to be a minimum of disk space available on the frontend servers even if its not going to be unitised by Lync.? Why oh Why Microsoft?!
Upping the disk space in 5gb iterations, in the end i’ve added another 20gb of free space meaning i was allocating a total 45gb per frontend which is madness for a lab machine. <of which 24 was still unallocated>

Following a server reboot and a install rerun. I successfully got past my issue.

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Whats more annoying is I’m now left with 19.3gb of free space not used on the front ends.

I will ask the Microsoft Lync Partner group about what the reasons are for such a requirement on the install.

Regards

Iain S 

 

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4 thoughts on “Lync 2013 Frontend Server installation error – Execution failed: Cannot find any suitable disks for database files.

  1. Hello Team,

    I am getting the below error When installing Lync Server components.. Please help on this

    > Bootstrap-CsComputer

    Logging status to: C:\Users\administrator.TESTDOMAIN\AppData\Local\Temp\2\BootstrapFull-[2014_06_06][17_32_10].html
    Checking prerequisites for bootstrapper…
    Checking prerequisite WMIEnabled…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite NoBootstrapperOnBranchOfficeAppliance…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SupportedOS…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite NoOtherVersionInstalled…prerequisite satisfied.
    Host name: lync.testdomain.com
    Disabling unused roles…
    Executing PowerShell command: Disable-CSComputer -Confirm:$false -Verbose -Report “C:\Users\administrator.TESTDOMAIN\AppData\Local\Temp\2\Disable-CSComputer-[2014_06_06][17_52_49].html”
    Checking prerequisites for roles…
    Checking prerequisite SupportedOS…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SupportedOSNoDC…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SupportedSqlRtcLocal…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite WMIEnabled…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite NoOtherVersionInstalled…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite PowerShell…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite WindowsIdentityFoundation…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SupportedServerOS…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite NoUnsupportedWinFab…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SupportedSqlLyncLocal…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SupportedSqlRtc…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite IIS…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite IIS7Features…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite ASPNet…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite KB2646886Installed…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite BranchCacheBlock…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite WCF…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite WindowsMediaFoundation…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SqlInstanceRtcLocal…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite VCredist…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SqlNativeClient…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SqlClrTypes…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SqlSharedManagementObjects…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite UcmaRedist…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite WinFab…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite MicrosoftIdentityExtensions…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SqlInstanceLyncLocal…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite SqlInstanceRtc…prerequisite satisfied.
    Checking prerequisite RewriteModule…prerequisite satisfied.
    Installing any collocated databases…
    Executing PowerShell command: Install-CSDatabase -Confirm:$false -Verbose -LocalDatabases -Report “C:\Users\administrator.TESTDOMAIN\AppData\Local\Temp\2\Install-CSDatabase-[2014_06_06][17_52_56].html”
    Command execution failed: Failed to connect to server lync.testdomain.com\lynclocal.

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