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Windows Server 2008 R2 can't add any roles

Posted on 2010-08-18
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Need to add RDS Licensing, grace period ending in 3 days.  Attempt to add ANY role fails.  Getting nervous!
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by:Coast-IT
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What are your errors?  What do the event logs say?

Run the update readiness tool as in the below link and let us know the results;

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winservermanager/thread/67073933-d331-41eb-b7fc-e48d8698b5ef
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by:cfsamike
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I downloaded and installed the readiness tool.  
This is the first time we've tried to do any manual updates.  We're getting "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because updates on this computer are contriolled by your system administrator".
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by:cfsamike
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I am logged on as the Domain administrator
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If it says this message it means that the computer is in an OU controlled by WSUS.  Check your group policies and have a look at what is being applied.

run a gpresult on the server itself

Take the server out of all OUs temporarily, log on as administrator and make sure that the only thing getting applied is the default domain policy.  Then go into group policy editor and make sure there is nothing untoward set within the default domain policy that could have a bearing on your issue.

Sounds like you have some policies there that are getting applied to the server in question that shouldn't be.  If you apply any policies to a terminal server, always ensure you use group policy loopback processing so that they don't get applied to administrators.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=231287
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by:cfsamike
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Local Group Policy is also being applied. (along with default domain)
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by:Coast-IT
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The local policy gets overridden by the default domain policy.

Them Update settings have to be coming from somewhere...

Have a better look at the default domain policy.
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by:cfsamike
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Group Policy was the problem with Windows Update.  

The issue with adding roles seemed to be a problem with the licensing database in the System32 folder.  After rebuilding the db and rebooting RDS Licensing installed, as did another role.

I do like the gpresult utility!
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