I have been messing with setting up some new virtual machines. I was trying to use the latest and greatest version of each tool and ran into problems.
As it turns out, the lack of compatability between Server 2008 R2 and other tools is pretty well documented. I tried to install SQL 2008 on Server 2008 R2 and got some weird errors like “server can’t access the window handle.” I haven’t thought about window handles in a long time – not since Windows 3.11 programming in C++.
Anyways – I think you can fix all of this by slipstreaming in service packs of the tools you are installing, but I gave up and just went back to Server 2008 SP2.
I also had problems installing MOSS 2007 on Server 2008 R2 as well. When installing, I got an error that said that it didn’t have permission to create the configuration database. Very strange. But installing on Server 2008 SP2 went just fine.