Configuration Failed – Failed to create sample data

I am installing SharePoint 2013 for the first time – it’s a standalone installation on a clean Windows 2012 server.  SharePoint appears to have installed without incident but the Configuration Wizard has failed with the following message: “The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or a sid that cannot be translated.


It appears to have failed to create the sample database.  After rebuilding the server to try again, and spending a bit of time searching for a solution, it would appear that this is a common problem and there isn’t one solution for all.  For me, it only took a few simple steps to fix by sharing a folder and setting some permissions:

1. Once the Configuration Wizard has failed browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\15.0\Data\Office Server

2. Right-click on the Analytics_GUID folder and choose Properties

3. On the Sharing tab click Advanced Sharing

4. Tick the box to share the folder (don’t change the share name) and click the Permissions button

5. Click Add, enter WSS_ADMIN_WPG and click OK.  Grant the group Full Control and click OK

6. Click Close

I ran the Configuration Wizard again and it completed successfully


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