Removing SP2

On March 30, 2007, in news, by

If you have SBS 2003 R2 (R2 mind you) and you remove SP2 the one thing you have to watch out for is the scheduled tasks getting messed up.

Scheduled tasks

If you uninstall Windows Server 2003 SP2, scheduled tasks may subsequently fail because of the loss of administrative credentials. To verify that this issue is the cause of tasks failing, check the Task Scheduler log for error 0x8004130f

You can just reenter the password and fix up your tasks.

If you have SBS 2003 SP1 and you remove Windows 2003 sp2 watch out for the MMC 3.0 rollback to 2.0 issue documented in the release notes:

Microsoft Management Console

If you start certain snap-ins for Microsoft Management Console 3.0 and then subsequently uninstall Windows Server 2003 SP2, you may not be able to start some or all of the snap-ins in Microsoft Management Console 2.0 afterwards. If this occurs, remove all the files in the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\MMC\ folder.

I didn’t see this when I uninstalled SP2 because R2 has MMC 3.0 in it.


2 Responses to Removing SP2

  1. TechSoEasy says:

    I had a great experience with this today… I uninstalled SP2, installed ADAM SP1 and then reinstalled SP2 which resolved the ISA 2004 RPC errors but left the Management Console Right Pane blank.

    This was easily resolved by reinstalling IE 7.0 and voila… all was well again in SBS-Land.

  2. Danny says:

    We removed SP2 because DHCP quit working. We had all the symtoms that is mention installing SP2 on SBS2003 Premium. We are having issues now.
    1. GPEDIT.MSC has all kind of languages in it. Don’t knw where this came from

    2. ISA2004 In order to get DHCP to assign addesses again we had to allow anywhere to anywhere.