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Cannot run Forest Prep - says I don't have privs

Gang,

I ran Exchange Server 2003 install earlier this evening.  Due to a small error I made, I had to remvoe it and re-install.  Now, when I try to run ForestPrep, it stops me and says I do not have Full Exchange Administrator rights.  All of the documentation I have found says that I can fix this in System Manager.  Well, this is the first system to be getting Exchange in the network.  There is no System Manager.

How do I fix this?  And, yes, this is the same account that I used the first time.

Dan
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wingateslCommented:
If you got exchange to install earlier there should be no reason to run ADprep for the forest or the domain. Unintalling exchange does not remove the schema modifications.
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wingateslCommented:
Or the exchange forest prep for that matter. Sorry
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crapshooterAuthor Commented:
Nevertheless, this is where I am.  Even if I just run setup, it complains about the rights.
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wingateslCommented:
are you running setup from the autorun on the CD or are you navigating to the setup directory and running it from there? (don't use the autorun)
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crapshooterAuthor Commented:
navigating
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crapshooterAuthor Commented:
UH, actually no.  I'm using autorun.  I'll try navigating
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wingateslCommented:
should be \Setup\i386\setup.exe
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crapshooterAuthor Commented:
neither way works
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wingateslCommented:
are you installing exchange on your domain controller? Please post the exact error message
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crapshooterAuthor Commented:
yes, it is on my DC - the only server in my network.

Error:
The component "Microsoft Exchange Forest Preparation" cannot be assigned the action "ForestPrep" because:
- To install the first Exchange server in a domain, or to run setup in "/ForestPrep" mode, you must be an Exchange Full Asministrator at the organizational level.  You must use an account that has been granted the Full Exchange Administrator role on the Exchange organization using the Exchange Administrative Delegation Wizard.

FYI - the Wizard is part of the package.  How can I run it before I install it?
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wingateslCommented:
I am assuming you are logging in as the administrator and have joint the Schema master and enterprise administrators group .  When you run the bare setup.exe from the setup/i386 directory all it does is check to see if forestprep and domain prep have been run. If they have not, then it will bomb out and tell you to run with the /forestprep switch.
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crapshooterAuthor Commented:
I got it.  The answer came from

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279749

Though the error wasn't the same, the fix was right on the money.  I am running ForestPrep now.
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aa230002Commented:
The exchange setup will detect if the forestprep and domainprep have been run and completed successfully. If not, Exchange setup will run both first before actually installing Exchange.
You said, you had a failed attempt to install exchange first. I would suggest you to clean your AD manually and start from scratch. Follow these steps :-
1. Install WIndows Support Tools
2. Launch Adsiedit.msc from RUN
3. Expand "Configuration Container" - Services - Microsoft Exchange - select and delete your "Exchange org" container from there and try running the setup again.

You should have Schema Admin & Enterprise Admin permissions to run forestprep.

Thanks,
Amit Aggarwal.
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wingateslCommented:
Glad to hear
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