forest prep failure

error message: Setup failed while installing sub-component microsoft exchange orginiation-level container object with error code 0XC1034A3D

Im logged in with the enterprise/domain/schema rights

and I have adjusted the enviro variable to ensure there are no spaces.

what do I need to do to get forest prep to work properly
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citsloginAuthor Commented:
I also have the following events in the log

ID 1002

The description for Event ID ( 1002 ) in Source ( MSExchangeSetup ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: Microsoft Exchange Forest Preparation, 0xc1034a3d - The operation failed. Either you do not have sufficient permissions to perform the operation, or you need to wait for permissions to be replicated and try again later..

event 5000

EventType exchangesetuperror, P1 6_5_7638_1, P2 forestprep, P3 microsoft exchange forest preparation, P4 install, P5 c1034a3d, P6 _null_, P7 1, P8 NIL, P9 NIL, P10 NIL.

citsloginAuthor Commented:
When I run forest prep again it says

I must be an exchange full administrator...but exchange isnt installed yet so how can I be one.
Are you using THE administrator account or an equivalent?
Has Exchange ever been installed in this domain? Previous versions, test eval versions etc?

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citsloginAuthor Commented:
THE administrator account

Exchange has never been in this network.

Just a bit more details if it helps you;

Network is Windows 2000.
New server is windows 2003.
Joined to the domain just fine.
Now, trying to install Exchange 2003 for the first time, in when we get this message saying we need to be exchange admins.

The fact that you are getting that message makes me think that there might be some dregs of an old Exchange install in the domain.

This article will show you how to remove it:

Where are you trying to run prep? On the new server?
Try putting the CD in to a domain controller and running it from there.

citsloginAuthor Commented:

So from what i can tell, exchange has never been on this network.  None of the reg keys in that KB article exist.

I did try running forest prep from the 2000 DC, same error on w2k dc as the w2k3 server.

any other thoughts?
Does it pass all the tests on the auto play menu? Since you got this different error?

citsloginAuthor Commented:
After a 4 hour tech support call with microsoft it was discovered there were a couple issues

The enable schema changes in the registry needed to be set to 1

The amdinistrators were not in the default domain group policy to a bunch of permisions

and the registry was missing keys needed for permissions.

This question can be closed out

thanks for your ideas everyone.
Sometimes the only people who can help are Microsoft. Looks like a real mess.

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As page editor I could do it, but as I was a poster in the question, I will keep out of the admin bit.


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