Install SP3 for Exchange 2007

KANEWONG used Ask the Experts™

I tried to apply SP3 for my Exchange 2007 but before doing that I have to update the schema and Active Directory on my DC first.  Then I initiate the following command to start my schemes update but got error. (I forgot the exact error message but it show something missing on the 64 bit Windows 2008 R2 server)

setup /PrepareSchema

I ran this command on a 64 bit Windows 2008 R2 server but this is not a domain controller, I ran on it because I download a 64 bit version of Exchange 2007 SP3 therefore I just picked this member server and want to update my schema.  Actually, all my domain controller of Windows 2008 are 32-bit.

I have 2 locations (loc 1 and loc 2), here is where servers deployed

Loc 1
DC1 (32 bit Windows Server 2008)
DC2 (32 bit Windows Server 2008)

Loc 2
DC 3 (32 bit Windows Server 2008)
Ex 2007

I want to ask, should I download a 32 bit Ex2K7 SP3 and run the following command on DC2 or DC1 at Loc 1

setup /PrepareSchema
setup /PrepareAD
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No you need not.
The Member Server that you are running this Command Should be a 64 bit Server.
That is the Criteria.
Also the Forest Level should be raised to Windows 2003 and the Domain Level Should also be raised to Windows 2003.


yes, the server I used for /prepareschema is a 64 bit server, I just re-run it and it shows the following error message while doing the "organization checks ..."

"The Active Directory Schema is not up-to-date and Ldifde.exe is not installed on this computer.  You must install Ldifde.exe by running 'ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-ADDS' or restart setup on a domain controller.


Ok do the following.
Open the Server Manager.
Select Roles -> Right Click on Roles -> Add Roles.

From the New Windows Select.
Active Directory Domain Servers.
Click on Next and Install this Feature.
Reboot the Server.

Then try the PrepareSchema again.
It should work.


Thanks for your suggestion but this 64 bits member server of W2K8 R2 is a server in lab for testing purpose.
That is fine.
But in your Lab Environment you do have the Domain Controller as Well right.
As long as the Server that you are running is a Member Server Connected to the Domain it should work.
Plus the Step i mentioned is a Pre Requestic for installation of Exchange 2007

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