How to reinstall SBS 2003 R2 Technologies in "Maintenance Mode"

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by PaulBrewer, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. PaulBrewer

    PaulBrewer Guest

    I am trying to follow the instructions in Technet article "Installing Windows
    Server Update Services 3.0 on Windows Small Business Server 2003"
    Under the section entitled "Uninstalling and reinstalling Windows Small
    business Server 2003 R2 components on a server that is running WSUS 3.0",
    step 4 says "You must be in Maintenance Mode to reinstall the Windows SBS
    2003 R2 components." What does that mean? Normally you would install R2 from
    the setup disk. Is this referring to Safe Mode? What is maintenance mode, how
    do I get into it, and when in maintenance mode, how would I run R2
    Technologies setup from the SBS 2003 setup disk?? Thanks.
    PaulBrewer, Feb 3, 2008
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  2. Maintenance mode is what happens when you run SBS setup from add/remove
    programs, but I don't think you need or want that for WSUS v3.

    The way to get to WSUS v3 with R2 is to run the R2 setup from the R2
    components CD, which installs WSUS v2. Then immediately install WSUS v3 over
    the top - that has to be done from a download.
    Les Connor [SBS MVP], Feb 3, 2008
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  3. PaulBrewer

    PaulBrewer Guest

    Les, thanks very much. What you say makes a lot more sense. Is this just an
    error in the technet article, since you surely can't install R2 from
    Add/Remove Programs SBS 2003 maintenance?

    PaulBrewer, Feb 3, 2008
  4. I don't think you can install it from add/remove, but you go there to
    uninstall - and possibly to reinstall/repair. Personally, if WSUS doesn't
    work correctly, I just start over with it as it doesn't take long to
    uninstall/reinstall if you're not trying to save anything.

    If you're at R2 (WSUS v2 (or 3)) and it's not working - from add/remove
    programs you would uninstall V3, and/or then uninstall R2 (and clean up any
    files/folders, and possibly the WSUS GPO's) and then proceed to re-install
    V2 from R2 disk and then V3 over the top.

    I haven't checked the technet article, but some of them are confusing
    because they link to other articles that in turn link to yet other articles.

    Les Connor [SBS MVP]

    Les Connor [SBS MVP], Feb 3, 2008
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