?
Solved

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

Posted on 2006-05-01
16
Medium Priority
?
269 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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
0
Comment
Question by:crapshooter
15 Comments
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582796
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.
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582800
Or the exchange forest prep for that matter. Sorry
0
 

Author Comment

by:crapshooter
ID: 16582820
Nevertheless, this is where I am.  Even if I just run setup, it complains about the rights.
0
Get your Conversational Ransomware Defense e‑book

This e-book gives you an insight into the ransomware threat and reviews the fundamentals of top-notch ransomware preparedness and recovery. To help you protect yourself and your organization. The initial infection may be inevitable, so the best protection is to be fully prepared.

 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582830
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)
0
 

Author Comment

by:crapshooter
ID: 16582838
navigating
0
 

Author Comment

by:crapshooter
ID: 16582840
UH, actually no.  I'm using autorun.  I'll try navigating
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582844
should be \Setup\i386\setup.exe
0
 

Author Comment

by:crapshooter
ID: 16582848
neither way works
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582867
are you installing exchange on your domain controller? Please post the exact error message
0
 

Author Comment

by:crapshooter
ID: 16582891
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?
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582936
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:crapshooter
ID: 16582942
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.
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:aa230002
ID: 16582958
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.
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:wingatesl
ID: 16582960
Glad to hear
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
GranMod earned 0 total points
ID: 16620355
Closed, 500 points refunded.
GranMod
The Experts Exchange
Community Support Moderator of all Ages
0

Featured Post

Get your Disaster Recovery as a Service basics

Disaster Recovery as a Service is one go-to solution that revolutionizes DR planning. Implementing DRaaS could be an efficient process, easily accessible to non-DR experts. Learn about monitoring, testing, executing failovers and failbacks to ensure a "healthy" DR environment.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

On September 18, Experts Exchange launched the first installment of the Help Bell, a new feature for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts. The Help Bell will serve as an additional tool to help teams increase question visibility.
There can be many situations demanding the conversion of Outlook OST files to PST format and as such, there is no shortage of automated tools to perform this conversion. However, what makes Stellar OST to PST converter stand above the rest? Let us e…
This video shows how to quickly and easily deploy an email signature for all users in Office 365 and prevent it from being added to replies and forwards. (the resulting signature is applied on the server level in Exchange Online) The email signat…
Exchange organizations may use the Journaling Agent of the Transport Service to archive messages going through Exchange. However, if the Transport Service is integrated with some email content management application (such as an antispam), the admini…
Suggested Courses

850 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question