This week I was working on SQL server 2008 setup problem in cluster. But this issue could be occurs also in a standalone installation.


Action: Run SQL Setup  on the second node. The SQL Server 2008 setup was working fine at the beginning but failing almost at the end of the process with the following error message: SQLBrowser start request failed. Click Retry to retry the failed action, or click Cancel to cancel this action and continue setup


Result: Unable to add a second node on an existing cluster SQL Server  2008

SQLBrowser: The last attempted operation: Starting the SQL Server Browser service 'SQLBrowser', and waiting for up to '900' seconds for the process to   complete. .
Slp: Prompting user if they want to retry this action due to the following failure:
Slp: ----------------------------------------
Slp: The following is an exception stack listing the exceptions in outermost to innermost order
Slp: Inner exceptions are being indented
Slp:
Slp: Exception type: Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.Sco.ScoException
Slp:     Message:
Slp:         Service 'SQLBrowser' start request failed.
Slp:     Data:
Slp:       Feature = SQL_Browser_Redist_SqlBrowser_Cpu32
Slp:       Timing = Startup
Slp:       DisableRetry = true 


Resolution:
I solved this issue by slipstream the setup including SP1 directly. I invite you to follow the article KB below:

How to update or slipstream an installation of SQL Server 2008
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955392

For answers to frequently asked questions about slipstreaming, see the SQL Server 2008 Slipstream Frequently Asked Questions topic on the following Microsoft Web site:
http://blogs.msdn.com/petersad/archive/2009/04/24/sql-server-2008-slipstream-frequently-asked-questions.aspx

Step 1: Download the service pack package that matches you system architecture. For example download the x64 package of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 if your system is an x64-based system.


Step 2:
Extract the service pack by running the following command:
SQLServer2008SP1-KB968369-x64-ENU.exe /x:C:\SQL2008SP1
slipstream an installation of SQL Server 2008

Step 3:
Run the following file to install the setup support files:
C:\SQL2008SP1\x64\setup\1033\sqlsupport.msi


Step 4: Run the Setup.exe file from the SQL Server 2008 source media by specifying the /PCUSource parameter. For example:
Setup.exe /PCUSource=C:\SQL2008SP1
slipstream an installation of SQL Server 2008

And finish your installation


Michel Degremont | Microsoft EMEA
Product Support Services Developer - SQL Server Core Engineer |