Windows Updates are failing to install on virtual Server 2003
Posted on 2010-01-11
I have a virtual server running Server 2003 where the Microsoft Updates download but fail to install. The error code I'm seeing in the log (0x8007f004) is regarding insufficient privileges. I am logged in as the domain admin. I've also logged in as the local admin and as a user that is a domain administrator. I have one other virtual Server 2003 in this domain and both are running on a Server 2008 server. The other servers do not have any problem installing updates. I've come across solutions that mention perhaps a GPO setting is preventing the installation but my thinking is that if the other servers in the domain aren't having problems why would this one? But, just in case, in the default domain policy I did grant the domain admin the ability to "backup files and directories", "restore files and directories", "manage auditing and security log", "allow log on locally".
I also came across the suggestion to delete the c:\windows\softwaredistribution folder but I haven't done that yet because I don't know if it's safe to do that if there are updates downloaded but not installed.
Can anyone help?