Fix - Cannot create vCenter Server Directory Services instance

Recently I had to build a replacement VMware vSphere vCenter server. I did the usual 2008 R2 OS install and updates, installed some prerequisites and tools. However when I went to install vCenter, I received the following error:

"Cannot create vCenter server Directory Services instance"

Of course I hopped on Google and did a little research. It mentioned the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services should be configured or removed. I removed the role, rebooted and retried with the same result.

Then I tried to do something and noticed the network link was down and several issues referenced the local network service. I had moved the server between steps back to the and apparently the network cable was not patched back to the switch properly. Once the link was re-established I ran the installer again and voila... SUCCESS.