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I have recently upgraded Window SBS 2000 to SBS 2003, but it looks like the upgrade wasn’t 100% successful.
I wanted to try some features in Server Manager, but when I select a computer and click on “View Computer Settings”, for example,  I get “Windows cannot find viewcli.exe…….”, or by choosing “ Set Up Client Applications” I get “Windows cannot find extwiz.exe……..”; etc.
These files are all on the installation CD3, which I’ve used during installation/upgrade.
Is there any way to fix this, without having to reinstall the OS?
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It DOES sound as if you do have a very faulted upgrade... What method did you follow to upgrade?  

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I’ve followed the step by step instructions on the Microsoft website http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=483b6e22-8ed2-420b-915e-96d469347fb2&displaylang=en (CHAPTER_3B_UpgradeSmallBusinessServer2000.doc)
The upgrade went through fine, at least it seamed. The DC is working fine, apart for the issues listed above, and some GP replication problems, (and probably something else not yet found).
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Oh, and the "To Do List" is empty, nothing in it at all
Looks like the installation/upgrade has not been completed
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yep... hope you have a backup of the old one.

If you want a fairly fail-safe migration method, check out http://sbsmigration.com 

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What about doing a repair? Basically reinstalling the OS on top of the existing one using the repair option.
Would that work?
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SBS doesn't work that way.  You CAN try, if you want to reinstall by doing the following:

Log in as ADMINISTRATOR
Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Windows Small Business Server

When you get to the Component selection screen select "maintenance" on the top item of the tree and then "reinstall" for any component that isn't currently working.

If that works... you should be fine... but the concern would be that your AD is migrated properly, so be sure to check out your user accounts.

Otherwise... you probably need to migrate properly again.

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Thank you TechSoEasy,
I think what you are suggesting is probably the only option at this point, and I’ll give it a try. I’ll probably have to come in a weekend or a late evening to do the job. We’re running a 24/7 operation here, and It’s never a good time to shutdown the server for long periods of time.
I’ll let you know if it worked in a few days.
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If you create a backup domain controller, then shutting down the server for a short period would cause two major issues (emails going in/out and Internet access from the client machines).  You can reroute Internet access to avoid the second issue (by placing a router inside your network).  The email issue is more difficult to bridge... but otherwise, users should be able to access any document or other network resource unless you have Line of Business applications running on your SBS.
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