Friday, June 10, 2005

Installing Exchange 2003 on Windows 2003 SP1

You may have noticed an error that pops up when you run the Exchange 2003 setup program on a Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 server. The message says: Exchange Server 2003 has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows. For more information, refer to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=37488. To run the program, click Continue.

You should be able to run setup without incident, just make sure that you apply Exchange 2003 Service Pack 1 as soon as you are finished. The document System Requirements for Exchange Server 2003 covers the necessary requirements for Exchange 2003 on Windows 2003 SP1 (which I have linked to previously).

Someone reported to me that they had a problem running forestprep and domainprep from a member server. If this is the case, run the /forestprep and /domainprep options from a domain controller instead. This seems to address the problem.

4 Comments:

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Sam said...

When I actually get the warrning error, I do click continue, then another warrning comes on, then "a fatal setup error has ocurred, please see log file." and setup gets cancelled. I am running windows server 2003, and trying to install exchange 2003 with or without service pack 1, even the forestpre and domianprep fail.

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I'm having the Same Issue with installing Exchg. I ran DCdiag on all DC's everything passed... I ran Forestprep from the GC and still the same problem it fails a the point where it says "finalizing .... then nothing..

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Dmitriy Lavrichev said...

I am having the same problem too. Is there any way to integrate Exchange service packs into Exchange installation similar to Windows? That would fix the problem. I checked Microsoft - they do not release updated Exchange media that would include service packs.

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger Nasko said...

I've been having problems runing Exchange 2003 setup /forestprep and /domainprep. Tried running the setup both on the new Exchange server and the GC. Kept getting an error 0xC103798A.
Tried everything under the sun and couldn't get it resolved. It turned out to be a bad cd-rom media (brand new CD from Microsoft) and more specifically the MAILDSMX.DLL file coulnd't be read. Burned another copy and replaced the trouble library and BOOM, everything worked great.

 

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