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SharePoint Configuration Wizard Error - The SDDL string contains an invalid SID or a SID that cannot be translated

by coderbond on Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:00 AM

I was setting up a HyperV instance for development. Grabbed a Server 2012 Eval, threw SQL on it and installed SharePoint Foundation 2013. I was running through the configuration wizard and it was at step 8 or 9, creating Sample Data... and it threw the error below.



I went digging through the logs and found this gem of information....


04/17/2013 18:21:54  8  ERR            Failed to create sample data.An exception of type System.ArgumentException was thrown.  Additional exception information: The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or a sid that cannot be translated.Parameter name: sddlFormSystem.ArgumentException: The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or a sid that cannot be translated.Parameter name: sddlForm   at System.Security.AccessControl.RawSecurityDescriptor.BinaryFormFromSddlForm(String sddlForm)   at System.Security.AccessControl.RawSecurityDescriptor..ctor(String sddlForm)   at Microsoft.SharePoint.Win32.SPNetApi32.CreateShareSecurityDescriptor(String[] readNames, String[] changeNames, String[] fullControlNames, String& sddl)   at Microsoft.SharePoint.Win32.SPNetApi32.CreateFileShare(String name, String description, String path)   at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPServer.CreateFileShare(String name, String description, String path)   at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.AnalyticsAdministration.CreateAnalyticsUNCShare(String dirParentLocation, String shareName)   at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.AnalyticsAdministration.ProvisionAnalyticsShare(SearchServiceApplication serviceApplication)   at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.AnalyticsAdministration.CreateDefaultStoreLocation(SearchServiceApplication serviceApplication)   at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.AnalyticsAdministration.ProvisionRawEventStore(SearchServiceApplication serviceApplication)   at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.AnalyticsServiceAdministration.Provision()   at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceApplication.Provision()   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.EvalModeProvisionTask.ProvisionServiceApplicationsAndProxies()   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.EvalModeProvisionTask.Run()   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskThread.ExecuteTask()


I found the fix here
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointadmin/thread/ee9fc828-6d63-43b0-9bbc-76065182b1fd

The jest is to... Share the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\15.0\Data\Office Server\Analytics_GUID folder with everyone, or at the very least the account that you're logged in with.

I'm not kidding here, this is the wildest fix to a problem I've seen in a long time.

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