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How do I fix Server Manager in Windows Server 2008 SP2?

Posted on 2010-08-31
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Just had Windows Server 2008 installed and attempted to add Windows Backup via Server Manager. However, Server Manager is broken. I get the attached message when I attempt to open it. Its not the management console since it works with other addins. Sites on the internet indicate that this appears to be a common problem. What is the fix? Thanks
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Since this is a newly installed server, I would start with a Repair install.
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I assume I would need the Windows 2008 discs to do this. Correct?   Thanks
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No.  If you can get inside Windows Server 2008, you can run setup.exe and upgrade over your installed copy of Windows Server 2008. The option of booting to the DVD, detecting the installed OS, and choosing repair is no longer available.

Another option is to use the Windows Recovery Environment.  Overview here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770593%28WS.10%29.aspx

If using R2, you have a couple of additional options:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753920.aspx

Justin
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Will upgrading windows over the installed copy affect programs and data already in the OS?  Thanks
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Doing an inline upgrade should not have any affect on your installed applications, but as always, make sure you do a full backup before trying any such action.  Because backup is what is affected on your system, you may have to do it from another machine....

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As soon as I have time, I will test your solution.
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As it turned out, by some unknown mechanism, the Server Manager Fixed itself. However, since your answers made sense as a trouble shooting method, I will give you the points anyway.  Thanks for your input.
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