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Windows 2003 Server SP2 not running Windows/Microsoft Update

posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:14 PM by Marc Kerscher   [ updated Aug 2, 2013, 8:16 PM ]
My challenge today was to setup a PoC for a customer, which included loading a W2k3 server on my VMware ESXi environment. The basic install of W2k3 server went fine, then added SP2. After the usual amount of reboots, it was time to run windows update to make sure it's up to date. It would not run, for sanity I re-installed W2k3 again, same problem. Spend several hours searching on the web and tried various things, with windows update. Finally downloaded IE7, it took 30 mins to install and then the updates loaded again. 

Now I have to wait for the other ~140 updates to install. 

I hope this works for others.