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Win2k3 R2 SP2: Cannot Install Anything

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The OS is fully patched.
Logging in with Domain Admin account
DEP is turned to lowest setting (essential Windows processes only)
Nothing of note in any of the logs
DNS entries look good
Deleted and recreated profiles
nltest reports secure channel is good
Firewall, antivirus disabled for testing



There were no issues setting up the server that I'm aware of (it was a multi-shift project), but now that the server is fully installed and patched I'm unable to run any exe's.  If the .exe is on another machine I'm able to browse to it, but attempting to execute an installer gets an error:

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path of file.  You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item."

The "item" exists, and I can run it when logged into another server.  If the exe is local the same error occurs.  Two other domain admins have had the same result.


I'm out of ideas.  Anyone?









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If you create a new account and add it to the Domain & Enterprise admin groups can you execute the program locally?
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Found it.  

Right-click the item and unblock it.  Who'da thought of this?
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Nice
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Well, partly found it.

Under the General tab there is a Security section.  "This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer:  There is an option at the bottom to Unblock, but it only let me install that one utility.  I'm still having trouble with anything over a network share or UNC.  
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Check out the last post in this thread:

http://forums.techarena.in/active-directory/727473.htm
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Now I see that I can 'unblock' some programs' installers and not others.   Maybe it's if they have a similar name and that file name has been unblocked before.

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Actually, here is another post about it. This will be relevant even if you aren't using Vista.

http://www.petri.co.il/unblock-files-windows-vista.htm
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I should have read the entire post that r-jansen put up.  It appears to be the IE trusted sites.  I'll continue to test...

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