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Remote Desktop Server Role fails to install - Windows Server 2008 R2

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This is a domain controller.  I'm trying to transfer Terminal Services Licensing over to it from a Server 2003 DC that I'm demoting and rebuilding with Server 2008 R2.  Anyone run into this one?

Installation failed. A restart is required.

Roles:

Remote Desktop Services
   Error: The server needs to be restarted to undo the changes
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Maybe server is pending previous installation and reboot is required. Have you ever try rebooting before installing server role?
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I have rebooted 5 times.
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Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS registry key, export and delete "PendingXmlIdentifier" registry entry from the details pane.

Rename c:\windows\winsxs\Pending.xml file to pending.back and reboot machine. (you will have to take ownership of this file to rename it)

Try again. If not work you can undo all changes.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/0e11ac59-9d85-4f8f-b296-a6ec1e162976/win-server-2008-r2-cannot-update-roles-or-features
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Got no entry under that location in the registry and no Pending.xml file under that directory on C:\Windows\winsxs
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Decided to put the role on another domain-member server.
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