Updating the Exchange Server 2010 SP3 and CU8 as management console in my laptop throws error ?


When I'm trying to update the Exchange Server 2010 SP2 management console in my laptop (running Win7x64) into 2010 SP3 and later on with CU8, I get this error which stops me in doing the upgrade:

The Active Directory must be modified with 'Setup /PrepareAD' before domains can be prepared for Exchange 2010.
Click here for help... http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=30939&l=en&v=ExBPA.14&id=d6e50c63-9a93-45fd-acb4-9b623c1ecf42

The local domain needs to be updated. You must be a member of the 'Domain Admins' group and 'Organization Management' role group, or 'Enterprise Admins' group to continue.
Click here for help... http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=30939&l=en&v=ExBPA.14&id=57887854-be52-43eb-9549-e854e4dbe33b

I'm a domain admin group member and of course the local administrator of my own laptop, but still I'm not sure why do I have to run /prepareAD again to update my Exchange management console only ?
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAsked:
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Gareth GudgerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ah wait. I forgot something.

Setup.com /M:Upgrade /R:MT

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Adam FarageConnect With a Mentor Enterprise ArchCommented:
Are you absolutely sure you are not doing a typical install, and doing just the management bits :)

If you are in fact doing just the management tools I would uninstall the current and then reinstall. Something is funky there..
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
yeah, that's what I'm thinking about.
The error was failing me in the validation steps not in the Upgrade steps.
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Will SzymkowskiConnect With a Mentor Senior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Did your initial install of Exchange 2010 SP3 prepare the domain successfully? Before running this I would use the link below to check the Schema version update to make 100% sure that this is true. Use the link below to chcek with either adsiedit or ldp.exe.

Check Exchange Server Schema Version

Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Yes, i have just updated my Exchange Server 2010 all to SP3, the Schema Changes has been done last month from my Schema master DC role.
Gareth GudgerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
What happens if you try to run setup from command line?

Setup.com /R:MT

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
i got this error instead:

C:\Users\admin\Downloads\Exchange Server 2010 SP3>setup.com /R:MT

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

    Copying Setup Files                           COMPLETED

The following server role(s) will be installed
The following server roles are already installed: Management Tools.
Please select at least one server role to install.

Exchange Server setup encountered an error.
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
and I also got this error when installing at home:

Summary: 3 item(s). 2 succeeded, 1 failed.
Elapsed time: 00:00:36

Configuring Prerequisites

Elapsed Time: 00:00:01

Management Tools Prerequisites

Active Directory does not exist or cannot be contacted.
Click here for help... http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=30939&l=en&v=ExBPA.14&id=51e5500d-8b18-4eee-bb8e-925d063b60a1

Setup cannot verify that the 'Host' (A) record for this computer exists within the DNS database on server

Elapsed Time: 00:00:29

Languages Prerequisites

Elapsed Time: 00:00:05

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
somehow it works after I managed to login using the DOMAIN\Administrator account to install the Exchange Management Console.
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