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  • SBS 2008 Will Not Boot Normally

    Early this morning we had a problem with the SBS server, let me explain in detail.

    Server will begin to boot up, and once it finishes with the splash screen, I will get a black screen and a mouse cursor (that I can freely move around) - although no keystrokes will work. Shortly after this, the server will just reboot.

    This happens in - Safe mode, Safe mode w/ networking, Last known good configuration, directory services restore mode, and all options in selective startup.

    Seeing as how I cannot run a repair install on this operating system due to the fact of that it is 2008 architecture, I have booted off the CD into the repair console, and started to run some tests.

    So far I've ran the following with no luck -

    chkdsk /r - finished, still reboots.

    sfc /scannow /offbootdir , /offwindir - No problems found.

    X:\sources\recovery\StartRep.exe - "fixes" some issues - but still returns to the "reboot" after I get the black background and mouse cursor.

    I was wondering if there was any possible way to recover system files without having to restore a backup or start over.

    If so - what are the system files I should start with?

    Thanks for any help!

  • #2
    Re: SBS 2008 Will Not Boot Normally

    have you tried disabling the auto restart function?
    this way u'll get a bsod which should help ...

    You may have a look at this topic
    Windows 7 Boot Error - Status: 0xc000000e Info: The boot selection failed


    • #3
      Re: SBS 2008 Will Not Boot Normally

      Are you able to disable/remove the NICs?

      Its a long shot but my Windows 7 PC had the same problem, and removing the NIC fixed it (long enough for me to back everything up and rebuild).

      If in asking for more details about a problem I seem to be rude, think about it this way, If I did not have to ask, I would not of been forced to be rude.

      Please assume anything and everything I say to be wrong unless I have provided links and evidence, or you have done the same.
      IE: you blow your server up following my advice, not my bad

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      • #4
        Re: SBS 2008 Will Not Boot Normally

        you mention that you cannot access via the console.

        what about remotely - can you logon via rdp, or use remote event viewer to get any hints ?

        Also, what changed recently? did someone install something, remove something?
        Patch or update for anything ?
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        • #5
          Re: SBS 2008 Will Not Boot Normally

          I know you said you don't want to restore from backup, but why?

          Restoring from system state to get the system up and running and get users back online would always be the best and fastest option

          Then you can think about what was changed and what caused the problem in the first place with your feet up instead of the directors breathing down your neck

          Steven Roberts
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