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2003 Server problem

Discussion in 'Software' started by Boycie, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. Boycie
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    I have made my own test domain. The idea is to gain a full understanding of 2003 server, for work purposes and to get me through MCSE.

    I recently moved the setup and on restarting the system was greeted by the *please register with Microsoft*. I didn't want to register anything until i was happy with the set-up or incase of a re-install. For some ukwnown reason, after it couldn't connect to MS (the last time i used it the network card was working fine) i told it to shut down. That was the last time the system booted! :blink Now it won't even boot in safe mode. It halts on the;

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows\system32\acpitabl.dat

    Anyone else had this happen on them? I think i will phone MS for activation of the domain controller rather than chance the same thing happen again. :twisted:

    Edit;

    I booted from the Server CD at on the first run it told me setup could not continue because *the file symc810.sys is corrupt. Press F3 to restart your server* On the second time it told me there was no hard drive in the machine! The third time, i booted the machine and it went in to Scandisk. It got to stage 3 of 3 and has halted on *Security descriptor verification completed*
    Looks like the hard drive might have gone toes up during the move.

    Boyce lights a Cigar and reaches for Spinrite.
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    What kind of HDD it it Boyce? RAID/SATA?

    I know that things can go belly up if the drivers for such things are not digitally signed i.e. approved by Microsoft.
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Hi Pete,

    No, it is a bog standard Seagate IDE drive. It is not set-up as a *real* server as such, just for my *mcsedomain*.
    It was working perfectly before the move; maybe it was damaged in transit.
    There is no trace of the drive now. Even Spinrite can't find it. :cry:

    Si
     
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  4. Luddym

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    Hey Boyce,

    I had a problem with XP on my laptop a while ago. Not quite the same problem, but lots of different problems ranging from what looked like duff XP media, to a missing HD, to the blue screen of death on reboot.

    Turned out it was a loose stick of ram.

    Not saying this is the case, but you never know.
     
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  5. Boycie
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    Ludd,

    As you say, sometimes it can be something you least expect. I think in this case the drive has just *gone*. I am in the middle of a LLF and will then run Spinrite before reloading Server 2K3 on.

    Thanks for all the input; i will let you know the outcome.

    Si
     
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  6. Boycie
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    I ran the low level format and it said it completed with no errors. I then ran Spinrite to see if it was going to tell me the drive was stuffed (which i was expecting), but it couldn't find the drive.... I then went in to the BIOS and it couldn't find it either.
    I popped the case open for a second time, unplugged and re-plugged everything in and re-booted. Before i had chance to press <DEL> to enter the BIOS it started to boot in to 2003 Server. :blink
    I let it carry on and it booted to the desktop. One thing i notice, is once you are overdue on the activation you are stuffed. I wanted to enable the ethernet card to register with MS but it won't let you do anything until you register. I called MS, with the ID and it is now in the middle of a <SFC>.

    Boyce <scratching his head>
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    What the :eek:
     
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  8. Boycie
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    How embarrasing. I stripped the wrong one! The one i had a problem with still has a problem! :oops:
     
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  9. Mr.Cheeks

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    Mate - layoff the booze...
     
  10. Boycie
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    Cheek, i wish it was! I am sober as a judge. 8)
     
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  11. Bluerinse
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    Well I presume there was no vitally important data on that perfectly good hard drive mate :biggrin
     
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  12. Boycie
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    thats just it, the drive was never wiped. I put the drive which i thought i wiped in the other identical machine and it booted. I think the mobo must have gone. For some reason it won't detect any IDE interfaces at all. It will find the floppy and thats it.
    Any ideas? I am looking for a BIOS flash to see if that makes any difference.

    Si
     
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  13. Mr.Cheeks

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    can you not put the hdd into another machine, and spinrite it to get the data off?
     
  14. Boycie
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    Cheek,

    it is a bit confusing, but basically i have two <servers> both identical. Not only hardware wise but i have put a sticker on one so i know which one is which for the KVM switch. I was going to strip the faulty one for a second time last night but called it a night.
    Tonight i mistook the faulty one for the good one and it booted up Ok after i unplugged all the cables and re-fitted them. I then had a shock when i booted the other one (which i thought was the one which has worked perfectly) to find it wouldn't boot. This is the one causing the grief. There is nothing wrong with the drive or data; it will run on the other machine.
    I think the mobo or BIOS is stuffed on the other one because it will not see any IDE interface at all.

    Confused? You should be! :blink
     
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  15. Mr.Cheeks

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    Mate - that was a good explanation, infact it iss that good, i cant even try and help so... thats all you will be hearing from me in this matter... Good luck mate...
     
  16. Bluerinse
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    Have you tried resetting the BIOS to defaults?
     
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  17. Boycie
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    Pete,

    Yep. I am literally <stuck> with this now. Any other pointers greatly received.

    Si
     
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  18. r.h.lee

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    Boyce,

    What edition of "Server 2003" did you install onto the "problem" server?
    • Evaluation
    • Web SP1
    • Standard SP1
    • Standard R2
    • Enterprise SP1
    • Enterprise R2
    • Datacenter SP1
    • Datacenter R2
     
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  19. Boycie
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    R H Lee,

    Thaks for reply, but the problem is definately hardware; i can run the OS from another (identical spec) machine no problem.

    The <faulty> machine will not recognise any IDE devices. I have tried loading the default BIOS settings but no joy. :cry:

    Any help gratefully received. :)

    Thanks for looking.

    Edit;

    Standard R2 Version
     
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  20. madman045

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    Which motherboard do you have in the dodgy one Boyce?
     
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