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I have a brand new install of Windows 2003 R2 SP2 Server that gets error 0X80072EE2 when trying to get windows updates.
I have tried just about everything possible.  Updates windows update services / BITS / .NET
I decided that it may have been a bad install, so I blew it away and started from scratch.

Same Issue.  Any more ideas?  It's on a HP Proliant ML 350 G4.  It previously had SBS2K3 and worked perfectly.
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by:Josh Thomas
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Just an idea:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/836941#advmethodA
Scroll down to Advanced Methods, and try method A.
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Some programs may modify the hosts file to control DNS name resolution. Sometimes, an entry for the Windows Update Web site or for the Microsoft Update Web site may exist in the hosts file.

To remove entries from the hosts file, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run.
Copy and then paste (or type) the following command in the Run box, and then press ENTER:
notepad %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Note If you are prompted to select a program to open the hosts file, click Notepad, click to select the Always use the selected program option, and then click OK.
In Notepad, remove or remark any lines in the hosts file that contain entries for Windows Update so that they are not read when the file is accessed. To do this, put the number sign (#) in front of any line that contains "microsoft" and "update." For example, add the number sign (#) to the beginning of the following entries:
# 64.4.21.125 http://update.microsoft.com
# 64.4.21.125 http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
# http://update.microsoft.com
On the File menu, click Save.
Exit Notepad.
Restart the computer.

Note If you do not want to restart the computer, you can also flush the DNS resolver cache. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type cmd in the Run box, and then press ENTER.
At the command prompt, type ipconfig /flushdns, and then press ENTER.
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Looks like an internet timeout error.  Microsoft has put up a page of suggested fixes.
Here is the short list.
a. Verify Internet connectivity
b. Make sure that Windows Firewall is turned on, and temporarily disable third-party firewalls
c. Temporarily disable third-party antivirus software
d. Disable software accelerator programs
e. Add the Windows Update Web site and the Microsoft Update Web site to the Trusted Sites list
f.  Make sure that you have the latest Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) update installed

Advanced Method A: Remove entries for Windows Update and Microsoft Update from the hosts file - This is HotshotJosh recommendation.
Advanced Method B: Remove the proxy server entry from the WinHTTP proxy configuration
Advanced Method C: See how the Windows Update client detects and uses proxy servers

More detailed info at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/836941
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ahdfx earned 0 total points
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I have tried all of that with no luck....  Just installed a new NIC and all seems to be good.
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by:Josh Thomas
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stop the WUAUSERV service and then delete the content of "C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download"
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