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server 2003 sbs, running IIS, hosting website, RRAS, exchange 2003 on a raid 5 powerspec server.  Had a client call with an issue about exchange.  Her son uninstalled IIS due to a website problem and in the process lost the bindings.  Got the bindings back in place but I could not restart the routing engine service for Exchange to run.  All research indicated to uninstall exchange and reinstall.  Was able to uninstall but when trying to reinstall  a message keeps popping up that it can'g find ASP.net v1.1 or higher and to enable it.  Well, it IS enabled, the ASP.net service is running and I can't get past this.  Does anyone have any ideas what I can do to get the installation to see ASP.net?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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by:DMTechGrooup
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SBS is so wizard centric I am not sure it is adviseable to try to uninstall/reinstall pieces.  Seems like the quickest solution is to reinstall SBS and recover from backup.

Have you tried uninstalling ASP.net and reinstalling it?

Always great to have someone who thinks they know what they are doing to drive business your way.
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I think that may be my only solution.  I'll have to back up all IIS info to save his website and some data from a server application.  I really hate the idea of calling M$ but I might be forced to do that as well.  Do you think that since IIS was reinstalled after ASP.NET that the issue might be happening?  Isn't ASP.net supposed to be installed prior to IIS or does that make a difference?  
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Dunno at this point couldnt hurt to try an asp reinstall.  Make sure you get all the same info if you do a reinstall.. server name, ip... etc so the exchange stores will come back up.
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by:shane_leone
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I tried an ASP reinstall... It didn't work...  Does anyone else have any ideas, please?
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If you really don't want to do this thoroughly, ie., format and reinstall, then you could try reinstalling IIS and Exchange -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320202

At this stage, I would be inclined to wipe is to knock some sense into them - monkey's don't touch servers, irrespective of their lineage :))

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by:shane_leone
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you're absolutely right redseattechnologies...  I set them up with a different solution.  I didn't feel like spending hours upon hours reimaging their entire server.  Reinstallation of IIS is what originally caused all these problems.  After he uninstalled IIS I had to reinstall for him and I fortunately was able to get their website back online.  But at that point Exchange was completely hosed.  Troubleshooting a reinstallation of Exchange has such an error domino affect it's not worth troubleshooting.  Anyways, 7 users aren't really in any need of Exchange.  This was the son's suggestion.  Not very smart planning or developing if you ask me.  Sorry, no points cuz I solved this one on my own guys...  Thanks for the suggestions though.
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Did you not read that link I posted?

Uninstalling and reinstalling IIS is clearly what hosed your server - you need to reinstall exchange on top of that to properly fix it.

Anyway, if you want to close this question, you need to post a question here -> http:/Community_Support/General

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by:shane_leone
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Oh yeah, by the way to fix the ASP.net popup you must run through the /domainprep, then the /forestprep and then install Exchange.  Didn't know that but now I do..  thanks again guys.
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>> you must run through the /domainprep, then the /forestprep and then install Exchange.

Not on a reinstall you don't - that only needs to be run once per domain/forest
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well, that's how the problem was fixed.  I was able to reinstall it by following the /domainprep and then /forestprep.  After the installation, smtp would not start so I gave the client a different solution.
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