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Upgrade NT server to SP6

By lmayeda ·
I am having problems updating an NT server to SP6 (required or an application upgrade). I downloaded the upgrade to a mapped drive and when I attempt the upgrade and go through the create Uninstall portion, I get the message "an error has occurred copying NTLDR". I cannot locate the NT SERVER CD (w/ terminal services) for this computer and I'm not sure if bypassing the "create Uninstall" portion would be a wise idea. I see several copies of NTLDR in various folders in C: (with OLD dates 1998, 1999), should I point to the one with the most recent service pack#? Any suggestions?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Upgrade NT server to SP6

i don't know this one. what service pack you on now? consider skipping the uninstall? SP6 ain't gonna break anything. that is living less dangerously imho than trying to fake out the installer with our best guess at the version of the file to use...how about this idea: do you have another NT box you can upgrade to service pack 6 with this file you downloaded? if it works, you got an ntldr file. if it doesn't work, you got verification problem is in the install files...

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by lmayeda In reply to

The NT Server is currently at SP4. Don't believe in "fixing/upgrading" another box unless it is broken. The only other NT server is a PDC. Don't plan to touch that one.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Upgrade NT server to SP6

hmm,

I did this ones but simply because we had no other choice, (nobody could connect to the server)luckily we didn't have any problems.

I don't know if you can built a temporary server and move the users to that server, or do this in the weekend. If you go for it just skip the option and let it install where it thinks it should go (usually it the install knows).

The reason of the error message is here:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;168700
(ms didn't update it for Terminal servers)

Success.

Leopold

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by lmayeda In reply to

The NT server I am trying to upgrade happens to be the PR server ... not a trivial issue to move application to another server. May have to take the weekend approach, do a complete backup and skip the uninstall option.

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by dvsnnr In reply to Upgrade NT server to SP6

For what it's worth, I've never selected the backup or uninstall options when applying SP6 and have never had any problems. If you have the luxury of downing the server for a short while, create an image of the server's boot partition (using Power Quest's Drive Image [or Norton Ghost]) before proceeding with the SP upgrade. I use PQ Drive Image A LOT and it's saved my rear more than once. Anyway, just having the option to go back makes it a little easier to go forward sometimes. Also, I find it installs with less problems if installed from a local drive, or even a CD, but not a mapped drive, even though this 'shouldn't' cause any problems. Have you changed your boot partition drive letter, by any chance? This error can occur when the boot drive letter assignment has been changed since Service Pack 3 was installed. You can skip the file and go back later and run the Emergency Repair Disk (ERD), choose Verify Windows NT System Files, and repair the changed Ntldr file. If you need to extract any files from the WIN NT CD, use the expand command:

expand <cd-rom>\i386\<filename> <drive1>program files\windows nt\<filename>

Hope this helps a little.

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by lmayeda In reply to

My NT Server has terminal services. Don't know if this is an issue.

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by joshg In reply to Upgrade NT server to SP6

Try performing the SP6 install from the local drive, instead of from a share. SP6 has been out long enough that you shouldn't ahve a problem installing. I am assuming you are trying SP6a not sp6? The uninstall is a great idea if it is a new SP.

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by lmayeda In reply to

Sounds like the consensus is to "chance it" and don't install the "uninstall". I apologize to the first answers that I rejected. Seems like you're all pretty much saying the same thing. Thanks to all.

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