After reconfiguring my geneva.local domain (yes, named after the WIF code name), I proceeded to enter the SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard once again. This time I had the domain configured with DHCP, DNS and AD all on a Server 2003 box and SharePoint 2010 on a Server 2008 R2 box; this part worked just fine.
Once Central Admin rendered, I was presented with an option to run the Farm Configuration Wizard.
Well, what the heck, since I will have to know how to use and coach people on the use of this Wizard, in addition to learning how to do all of the steps manually, I might as well try this route first.
The [Cancel] button did however work – small wonder.
Now I’ll have to dive into adminconfigservices.aspx and try to debug what’s up here. It fails on all the versions of IE I had to try, but it almost worked on Chrome – how sad.