Friday, December 9, 2016

How to Patch Windows Server 2003 with Error 0x80072EFF

I have a customer who has 3 forests all running Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2003... yes in the year 2016 (almost 2017).  Before moving to Exchange 2010 --> 2016 we are required to consolidate with some cross-forest migrations.

I need to test some things in my lab before performing this migration in production so I built some 2003 servers... been ages!

After running the installation I had issues patching the servers and I found no information online around Error Number: 0x80072EFF - surprising as it seems like such a common error (is there really no one out there installing Server 2003 now?)

When clicking start and selecting Windows Update, this is the error I received.

After playing around for a good 15 minutes googling this error, I decided to upgrade Internet Explorer to version 8 (the highest supported on 2003 server).  This is downloaded from the following website for 32bit.

Note you will not be able to browse this website on Internet Explorer 6 so you will have to download the upgrade file from another computer then copy it onto the 2003 server.

After upgrading Internet Explorer to 8, I was able to follow the bouncing ball and install all the latest patches up until 2003 server went end of life.

Hopefully this has been helpful for anyone out there still needing to install Server 2003 (for non production use hopefully).

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