SQL Install Error “SQL Server Browser Service Group Does Not Exist”

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Seen when reinstalling SQL 2008 R2 on a domain controller. Note: as a background the SQL Server was installed previously and then the server was promoted to a domain controller. Then when the attempt to reinstall SQL was carried out this happened:

SQL Server Browser Service Group Does Not Exist

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Setup
The following error has occurred.
SQL Server Browser service group does not exists. Check for earlier failures in the setup

Note: Yes thats a typo, but there is a typo in the error message.


1. You need to create the group(s) manually, logon to a domain controller > Windows Key+R (to run) > type ‘dsa.msc’ > Enter.


2. Create two Windows security groups called;


3. Retry the install.

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