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    This is a long shot, but is the admin account you are logged in with actually in the Domain Admins group in AD?

    Failing that, are you able to run the sfc /scannow command to check for corrupt system files?

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    Also wondering if someone has inadvertently set something overly-restrictive in a GPO in the section Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment

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    Or the wsus server is set in gp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    This is a long shot, but is the admin account you are logged in with actually in the Domain Admins group in AD?

    Failing that, are you able to run the sfc /scannow command to check for corrupt system files?
    Admin account is in the DC's admin group and tried sfc /scannow the other week, made no difference.
    I have tried all of the online articles relating to the error codes I am getting.


    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Also wondering if someone has inadvertently set something overly-restrictive in a GPO in the section Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment
    That is not a bad idea. I am not going to be able to get back onto the server until Thursday afternoon, but I will certainly give this a check and update the thread accordingly next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    Or the wsus server is set in gp.
    Could be, but this school has no history of WSUS so I would be surprised, but certainly something worth checking given how unsolvable this issue has been!

    I will update next week when I am back on the server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talksr View Post
    The following is shown in Event Viewer:

    Windows update could not be installed because of error 2147942405 "Access is denied." (Command line: ""C:\Windows\system32\wusa.exe" "C:\Windows6.0-KB942435-X64.MSU" ")
    Windows 6.0 is Server 2008. Why would 2008 R2 SP1 be trying to install an update for the previous version of Windows Server?

    Did you download the correct SP1 installer: Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe?

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    Makes absolutely no difference, I have tried every installer I can (including the one you suggest) and they are all coming back with 'Access Denied' when I try and run them.



    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Windows 6.0 is Server 2008. Why would 2008 R2 SP1 be trying to install an update for the previous version of Windows Server?

    Did you download the correct SP1 installer: Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe?

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    Time go go back a few steps. Have you checked the permissions on the file you are running and on the folder you are trying to install it to?

    Also in the properties of the file is there a blocked attribute with a check mark? You sometimes get this when a file is imported.

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    Tried all of what you suggest

    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyPete View Post
    Time go go back a few steps. Have you checked the permissions on the file you are running and on the folder you are trying to install it to?

    Also in the properties of the file is there a blocked attribute with a check mark? You sometimes get this when a file is imported.

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    I thought you might have done.

    When you log on are you logging on to the local computer or the domain? Try domainname\username and servername\username. The You should have more success as the local admin. One more thing to check is have you enabled "Allow all users to install updates" in Windows update?

    Then we are maybe looking at virus/Malware.

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    Server 2008 does not seem to allow local login once it is a DC so it a domain login or nothing!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyPete View Post
    I thought you might have done.

    When you log on are you logging on to the local computer or the domain? Try domainname\username and servername\username. The You should have more success as the local admin. One more thing to check is have you enabled "Allow all users to install updates" in Windows update?

    Then we are maybe looking at virus/Malware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talksr View Post
    Server 2008 does not seem to allow local login once it is a DC so it a domain login or nothing!
    That may well be true, I've never tried. I know I do that on my member servers.

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    Whay account is the winds ws update service running as?
    Check event viewer for the source of access denied.

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    I suspect I know what the answer will be to this, but are you able to run the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Server 2008 R2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    I suspect I know what the answer will be to this, but are you able to run the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Server 2008 R2?
    Have not given this a go. It is on R2, just not SP1. I will try it next week when I have access to it again.
    It is driving me mad. I am getting to the point where I am going to have to re-format it and start again which will have big consequences for the school. Only a primary, but they have a lot going on re ICT.

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    I'm guessing it is the only server. If it does come to that, consider installing a second DC first and transferring the roles over (if it will let you). That way you won't lose the Active Directory.

    If you have no hardware available, even on a temporary basis, you could virtualise the existing server and install the second DC on the same box. You wouldn't need much spare memory either; DCs in Server 2008 R2 can easily get away with 1GB RAM. I've run Server Core DCs with less.

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