Sharepoint Office Server 2007 installation issue on Windows Server 2008 R2Posted: December 15, 2009
Recently I tried to install Sharepoint office Server 2007 on my Windows 2008 R2 box. After taking care of all the minimum requirements on installing Sharepoint( with SP1) the setup complained that there are compatibility issues. The error message is similar to the one below.
[Window Title] Program Compatibility Assistant
[Main Instruction] This program is blocked due to compatibility issues
[Expanded Information] You must install Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Please read Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 962935 with the most recent service pack. Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Please read Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 962935 without service packs has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows.
Ideally it seems Sharepoint 2007 with Sp1 is not compatible with Windows 2008 R2. You can install only Sharepoint Sp2 in Win2k8 R2 server. Now the problem is Sharepoint 2007 Sp2 is available as a update to the original Sharepoint installation, which u need to have in the first place to install Sp2. But the original Sharepoint 2007 (with/without SP1) wont install on Win2k8 R2.
After a long search in internet I got a workaround for the issue. Its very simple. You need to slipstream Sp2 files into the original package.
1. Unzip the contents of the Sharepoint 2007 installation package in a folder eg c:\SPwSP1
2. Unzip the contents of the Sharepoint 2007 Sp2 files into C:\SpwSp1\Updates folder.
3. OVerwrite the files if they are already there.
3. Now run the setup in c:\SpwSp1 folder it runs without any complaint.
Did it work for you..? What is ur experience just let me know.