Windows 2003 Server and ServicePack and ..problems....

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by AvWG, Jun 23, 2010.

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    The team I am part of administers the IT of a few customers. Their
    environment consists of at least 150 Windows 2003 Servers and some 1500
    Windows XP workstations.

    Since last year we developed and tested a "migration" from Windows 2003
    Server SP1 to SP2, unattended and with the aid of Windows SMS 2003.

    Tests did not show major problems but now, after we deployed SP2 to all
    servers, we experience some hard/difficult problems.

    With SP2 the RIS, Remote Installation service, is replaced by WDS, Windows
    Deployment Service. After the unattended installation WDS is unattended
    configured by/with WDSUtil. So far so good.

    But now, 2 weeks after the last server is upgraded, we see that WDS doesnot
    work on some servers. Mostly a 'NET START WDSServer' will do the trick but
    in other cases, opening the mmc with WDS ('Start', 'Administarive Tools',
    Windows Deployment Server Service) will show no configured (WDS)server at
    In stead of that the mmc shows an error: A directory service error has
    occured. ---> HELP !!!!

    Googling this message tells me that probably the date and time of this
    particular server is newer than that of the Domain Controller (DC). There
    should be some time sync between the servers and the DC....

    Another problem is installing a server with SP2 in stead of SP1. This
    server, as it is placed in site, shows the same problem: workstations can
    not be rissed/installed.

    If you have additional questions, please let me hear.

    So, have some of you experienced the same challenges :).

    Thanks in advance,

    André vWG
    AvWG, Jun 23, 2010
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