Windows 2000 server - very slow boot
Posted on 2003-11-29
Network consists of a single Wiindows 2000 server, acting as domain controller and used exclusively for terminal services... RAID 5 with an Adaptec 2100S controller.
When booting, Windows sits at the "Starting Windows" prompt (with the blue bar scrolling across the screen and the progress bar about 75% finished). The disk drive lights are flashing continuously for about 12 minutes, and then finally after a total of 15 minutes or more the server gets to the login prompt. Once its running, the server is fine and doesn't exhibit any problems.
Do I have a bad or misconfigured Adaptec controller? Its almost like the drive array is getting rebuilt every time the system is booted. The only error message (level 1) in the Adaptec Storage Manager log is something about the controller not having a battery, but this particular model I don't believe includes one so I think the message is just informational.
Thanks in advance....