I'm trying to install a new Exchange Server 2007 on a Server 2008 R2 in an existing 2003 domain. The source Exchange and 2008R2 are the newest releases from the Microsoft eHome download site.
The primary domain controller is a 2003R2 fully updated and running perfectly. The Forest has been succesfully Adprep'd. The Mail server will not be a domain controller.
I have worked with 2003 and SBS Exchange no probs, but this is the first Exchange 2007 and Server 2008 integration I've done.
On first try, I got a good preliminary install. Domain and Schema went in without problems. Subsequent Exchange install complained about IIS not being installed so I installed that. It then complained again about IIS so I started scratching my head and decided, after many stops and restarts, that the system could use a good fresh start. So... I blew away the 2008 Server with the aborted Exchange on it and reinstalled it from scratch.
Now things got really ugly. At this point it became evident that you can't just blow away the server because it would leave its footprint on the active directory. Tech support from Microsoft suggested ADSIEDIT and removing the Exchange objects and reinstalling.
Having done that, the server still craps out on Setup /p
I then tried to run the setup /m:recoverserver and got partial success. However, it too did not complete.
Now I hang somewhere in the middle of the installation process unable to move ahead or back.
If I run setup /p now, the response is; The Exchange Server is in an inconsistent state. Only server recovery mode is available.
If I run setup /m:recoverserver now, the Hub Transport Role succeeds, the Client Access Role succeeds, but the "Copying Exchange Files" fails.