I suspect the "clue" is that Server 2008 wasn't one of FM8's supported platforms, so the installer check is probably failing (as it was designed to do).
If I were you, I'd simply install on a supported platform or Windows 7, because even if you could set things up so you could get the software on board, you'd be likely to find some things that either don't work or don't work the way you'd suspect them to and be without recourse to fix things because Server may lack some required .dlls or other bits and pieces.
If it is possible at all (see other comments) I would suggest to use the installer with the so-called SP3-fix, available here:
There have been recent reports that installation from optical media may sometimes fail or create incomplete installations. So in general it is a good idea to copy the installation files to a harddisk first.
Here's an Adobe kb article that might have some solutions. Even though it's referring to CS4 or CS4. I've had occasion to use the "Adobe Cleaner Tool" to clean out a Windows Server 2008 install of FM that went haywire (the system did not have any CS products installed). Be sure to reboot prior to trying to install FM again.
Error 1603 | Install | CS3, CS4 products
I hope FM 10 is supported on WS2008R2 (I need to have have it on a server with TSE connections)
There is a different version of FM sold for servers:
<http://www.adobe.com/products/framemakerserver.html>. That's probably
what you need.
We just ran into the same problem, FM8 wouldn't install on Windows 2008 R2 Server. The solution is to run setup.exe in compatibility mode.
- Right-click setup.exe
- "Troubleshot compatibility"
- Run setup.exe in XP compatibility mode
After that FM8 installed without problems. Patches install normally. FM8 itself runs fine on this platform.
Fm 8 is not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2.
When we launched Frame 8 server 2008 was not even there.
Frame 9 was there when server 2008 was launched however you cannot even install Frame 9 on server 2008.
You might get it install with Compatibilty mode however you might run into problems like crash or other functonality issues and according to Adobe its not supported.