Adminpak for Windows Server 2003 R2

Update: You can now download Windows Server 2003 R2 here:

Today I attempted to install Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (adminpak.msi) but the installer instantly quit with the message “Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack can only be installed on Windows XP Professional with QFE Q329357 applied, or on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1 or later, or on computers running Windows Server 2003 operating systems.”

When researching if R2 needed a different version, I came upon the page “Windows Server 2003 R2 Administration Tools Pack (x86).” Judging from the title, I’d assume this was the file I was looking for but these files are actually for other OSes that want to manage the new services which come with R2. The only place I have found the adminpak.msi for 2k3 R2 has been on the CD itself. You can find the file within your i386 folder on your R2 CD.

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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6 comments on “Adminpak for Windows Server 2003 R2
  1. Dave says:

    I did find the Windows 2003 R2 administration pack at:

    It is my suspicion as well that the old adminpak doesn’t work on a R2 server.
    I haven’t tried this as a fix (the adminpak on the CD) as this is a production server. I also tried uninstalling the admin pack but was met with the same error message.

    ps Originally from SE Texas cajun country. Ate a lot of creole and okra plus grits as a kid!

  2. Jamie says:

    Thank you!!

    2 years later, and this adminpak is still hard to find…

  3. Brad says:

    Yea, I had same issues as above… link above not the best as there are multiple files for download without desc as to what they are.
    Here is a link that has complete file… though when running install it wants H: so be sure to map another drive H:. I just mapped to my installer location (where the download file was).

  4. Robert says:

    Brad – your link worked for me and I didn’t have to map a phony drive letter to get the install. Thanks

    The link is for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Tools Pack for x86 editions and works on R2 servers

  5. troy says:

    As a system administrator I encountered this problem as well,
    you need to download gpmc.msc from

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