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    Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    Hi Fokes

    Im trying to give some of my servers a needed upgrade to R2. According to MS you just stick disk two in the drive and go, which is all very well but everytime I do this the server claimes that there is a setup running which requieres a re-start, so i restart the machine and try again..... same problem.

    Has anyone ever had this before? I cant find anything useful through google.

    Thanks

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    Something is unsuccessfully trying to install in the back ground try killing of any msiexec processes in the background before starting. Sometimes you may have to wait a minute then kill it again.

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    And if that doesnt work for you [tho i think it should], you could try removing SP2, installing R2, then putting SP2 back on again

    Nath.

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    I've just tried both of the above to no joy. Below is a copy of my process table if any one can see what might be stopping the install I would be very happy. I've tried killing most of the processes but so far have no results
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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    Have you run adprep to update your schema? If not; from a cmd prompt change to the Cmpnents\R2\Adprep folder of Disc 2, and type: adprep.exe /forestprep.

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    err. our servers are on SP2, what am i missing out on with this R2 you speak off?

    I thought sp2 was the latest ~ is R2 somthing different then? would SP2 rolled in any new features from R2?

    A little light please

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    R2 needs some changes making to the schema. Have a look here:
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/window....mspx?mfr=true

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    AFAIK R2 is to w2k3 as Win Me was to to Win98 - e.g pretty much the same but with a few features of the OS to come (XP).

    Based on millennia of experience with MS, I would NEVER "upgrade" one of their OS's on a working machine to another one

    Unless your network will crumble without the few added features of R2 - just leave it alone - wait for Longhorn and install it on a new machine

    regards

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    R2 has got some great additional features: better quota management, file screening, much improved DFS, ability to deploy printers based on group policy. We upgraded our domain to R2 without any problems.

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    I like the idea of file screening, can it be installed post sp2 ?

    AND I guess it two new media's then

    R2 32bit and R2 64bit

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisP
    I like the idea of file screening, can it be installed post sp2 ?
    Yes, we're running R2 servers with SP2 installed. We installed R2 and then ran Windows Update which installed SP2. I guess you can do it the other way around.

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    AFAIK R2 is to w2k3 as Win Me was to to Win98
    wow!!! Comparing R2 to the equiv of Win ME... now that really is the height of blasphemy.

    R2 is effectively a addon to Server 2003, meaning you have little choice but to install it after 2003 is already installed. It adds several useful features and didnt [as far as i recall] cause any problems on the system when I upgraded it.

    I installed R2 sometime after Srv 2003 SP1 and before SP2, so cannot say about how happy [or not] it is when installing on top of SP2.

    Regards
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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    R2 is effectively a addon to Server 2003, meaning you have little choice but to install it after 2003 is already installed.
    You don't have to go ahead with the install from the second disk. You can just cancel the prompt and leave yourself with a standard 2003 server. You can always run the R2 bit from the second disk later.

    I'd put 2003 SP2 on a virtual machine (vmware would be my choice) and then try adding R2. If it works (which it should) you know it's a problem with your existing machine.

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    I will try out altecsole vmware solution and report back, I need R2 to use the file replication services, we are move all the student user areas to a new server but I cant copy them, some have directory paths over 256 chars long. Tried a program called xxcopy which is ment to overcome this problem but it failes half way through and wont restart say at 'h' onwards, it re-copys everything stoping at the same point.

    I've started a new tread about this point at: http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...=105970#105970

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    Re: Upgrading Windows Server 2003 SP2 to R2

    Try using NTBackup to backup the files and then restore them to the new location. Make sure you tick the box to retain permissions.



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