“wait on the database engine recovery handle failed . check the sql server error log for potential causes ” message appearing when the installation of SQL Server 2014 is almost complete

Ammar Al-Selwi 20 Reputation points
2024-05-19T19:01:44.0666667+00:00

“wait on the database engine recovery handle failed . check the sql server error log for potential causes ” message appearing when the installation of SQmsg1124973684-17883 (3)

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  1. Erland Sommarskog 103.5K Reputation points MVP
    2024-05-19T19:18:22.5933333+00:00

    The message Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed is a generic error that means that SQL Server did not start when Setup wanted to run configuration steps. To understand why it did not start, you need to look in the SQL Server errorlog, which you find in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\LOG\ERRORLOG. Note that the component MSSQL14.MSSQLSERVER is for a default instance of SQL 2014 with default options. If you made different choices during installation, your path may be different.

    If you see a message about 256 misaligned reads, you are running into a known issue where Windows 11 for some disk drives reports a sector size that SQL Server does not cope with. Microsoft has published an article with workarounds for the problem.

    If you don't see the message about misaligned reads, feel free to upload the errorlog here, so we can look at it. You will need to rename to ERRORLOG.txt for the forum software to accept it.


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  1. LucyChenMSFT-4874 2,325 Reputation points
    2024-05-20T02:20:39.12+00:00

    Hi @Ammar Al-Selwi ,

    Thanks for your information.

    We can get the error message "Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed" from the screenshot you provided. Please check out this article, it explains detailed steps in how to troubleshoot this issue.

    However, we cannot rely on old threads completely. The above article can only be used as a reference, could you please provide detailed logs to help us narrow down your issue?

    Thanks for your understanding, we are looking forward to hearing from you to assist further.

    Best regards,

    Lucy Chen


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