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I am trying to install MS Exchange 2010. The only 2 DCs in the domain are Windows 2008 R2 The Forest Functional Level are Windows 2008 on both, but every time I run the Exchange installation and it goes through the pre checks it always comes back with "Forest Funtional Level is not Windows 2003 native or later" and that is simply not the case. It always also gives an error that "a reboot from a previous installation is pending. Please restart the system and rerun setup" and that also in not true. It says that even after just rebooting and then running the installation (exchange). Can anyone please shed some light on this dumb issue. The server that is being used for exchange is brand new, with Server 2008 R2 SP1 with all available updates.

Thanks in advance.
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Look here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager
 \PendingFileRenameOperations

See if there is anything listed. If there is, remove them.
Then reboot the server and run Windows Update again to ensure everything has installed correctly.

For the forest issue, verify the forest is what you expect. Open adsiedit.msc, look at Default Naming COntext. RIght click on the domain and choose Properties.
Look for the value of MSDS-Behaviour-Version - it should be 3 for Windows 2008 or 4 for Windows 2008 R2.

Check nTMixedDomain, should be 0.

Simon.


Simon.
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I fond the Forest problem and fixed that but the "reboot message is still prevelant. I went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager but do not see
" \PendingFileRenameOperations" there ??? but the reboot message is now the issue.. What do you think is the issue?
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Just to be sure: http://clintboessen.blogspot.com/2010/07/reboot-from-previous-installation-is.html

It is the only key I know of that causes this.

Simon.
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I am sorry, I found it, removed it, and now it is currently installing as I type, thank you so much. You saved me a bottle of Tylonol..
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ok everyone I have format and reinstalled my windows server 2008 server.
I am trying the exchange installation once again
in the readiness check
I am getting the following warning
Setup cannot verify that the Host (A) record for this computer exists within the DNS database on server xxx.xxx.xx.xx

thanks
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Is the new server part of the current/relevant domain? Have joined this server with the current domain? I assume that you have a DNS and AD server already in place and running properly. Check your DNS server for an entry for the new server, if it not there you may want to add it. If it should have been there, then check your steps and try again.
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ok I will do
I went ahead and press intalled
Now I am back at the original problem.
Installation is freezed at language
I have been monitoring the exchange log folder and the files
A lot of files of Install.IT.Client.xxx have been created
the last file created is Install.JA.Client.20120918-055093.msilog date 9:55 server time is
10:08
Can my problem be a bad DVD and can I just eject the DVD and put in a good one.

thanks
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I would not put it past bad media as you suggested. I have actually had that happen to me before( with other products) so if you are in doubt that take that course of action.
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Download Exchange 2010 SP2 fresh from the public download site and use that instead.
If you also download the latest rollup for SP2 (4 at the time of writing) and put it in the Updates directory of the extracted download file, then Exchange will install that as well.

Bad downloads of the ISO are very common, I don't actually waste my time with the ISO download because the only difference is that the ISO has all of the UM languages which are not required for most customers.

Simon.
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