I am bringing up a new exchange 2003 server that will replace my current excahnge 2003 server. So, this should be a straight install, transfer the mailboxes and roles, and remove the old server.....
However, I have installed the brand new server with w2k3 sp2, then updated the box with all the windows updates and drivers. I installed exchange 2003 on the box without incident and it joined the existing admin group. System Admin works fine. Fantasic. When I attempt to install excahnge sp2 on the new box the install ALWAYS hangs on stopping the services. If I kill the process on the first service MTA, it then hangs at the next service and I have to kill each service one by one to get them to stop.
The old server is w2k3 sp1 with excahnge 2003 sp2. The new server is w2k3 sp2 with excahnge 2003 no sp (fresh from cd).
I am logging into the new exchange server with the exchange admin account that I created when I origianlly migrated to E2k3. That account is a member of the local admin group as well.
Is there a problem with w2k3 sp2? Do I need to install exchange sp1 first? Am I just missing a permissions problem? My gut tells me to wipe the box and start over. If that is the case can I simply do the following?:
1. uninstall exchange
2. disjoin from domain
3. wipe the box
4. clean dns
5. reload the box with the same name and start all over....