Windows 2003 Server hangs at "Applying Computer Settings" during startup
Posted on 2004-03-26
I have a server that was upgraded to Server 2003 yesterday. After upgrading, it is taking forever for the system to get past the "Applying Computer Settings" stage. Note that this is during startup, not after logging in. I left it yesterday after 20 minutes, and when I came in today I looked at the Event Viewer to check on the services that didn't start. I wasn't focusing on the time, but it appeared that it took over an hour to complete... maybe even closer to two hours.
Now some additional info. The services that didn't start were Exchange Services (ie, MTA stacks). They didn't start because there was not network present. This is because the built-in network card wasn't compatible (When I checked the system compatibility prior to upgrading it warned me this might happen, but I figured if it didn't work I would replace it afterwards- which I did first thing this morning).
Also, I have been having problems when shutting down. The system hangs at the "Shutting Down Computer" stage. It was taking 15 mins. or so to get through that stage. I found by stopping the Exchange services I could prevent this issue. This seemed to start after I upgraded to Exchange 2003.
This is a single server domain running Exchange 2003 and SQL 2000 SP3a (rarely used, but I SP'd it prior to upgrade instead of trying to uninstall it). It has been about an hour and I am still waiting for it to get past the "Applying Computer Settings" page. This server is a critical server for one of my clients. I can't have this happen every time I reboot. Please help.