OEM Server

Posted on 2005-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi All,

My company just bought a new server 4 months ago, this is OEM server, spec as below,

Intel OEM Server System
Intel Xeon 2.6Ghz processor with Intel motherboard,
2x300GB Harddisk (RAID 1), 3.5"FDD,
Intel Tower Casing w/Hot Plug SATA
Drive Cage
MS OEM Win 2003 SBS Server

We just run this OEM Server 4 months, our server need to do a reboot automatically at 1030pm everyday, sometimes our server UNABLE reboot in to windows, I need to do a reset or press the on button for few second to start the server.

I would like to know server unable reboot boot into windows, what hardware will cause this happend? Is our RAM? Power Supplier?

Please advise.

Question by:fox404
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    Expert Comment

    Sometimes a running process or service can prevent a Server from rebooting. How do you schedule the reboot process? What services are you running on it? Have you checked the eventlogs for any entries that might tell you what was running when it should have shutdown?

    Author Comment


    Because of our MRP Program, our server MUST do a auto reboot every night, I have downloaded this program "Switch Off"

    I use this "Switch Off" program to do a server auto reboot.

    I question is why my server sometimes unable reboot to windows when it doing a auto reboot? Is NOT how to prevent server reboot. My server MUST reboot every night.


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    Accepted Solution

    From Windows XP onwards, including Windows 2003 Servers, you don't need a 3rd party program to reboot. just open a command prompt and enter

    shutdown /r /c "YourComment"

    If you enter shutdown /? you will get a list of possible other commands you can use with "shutdwon".

    You can use the built in scheduler of windows to do this at the time you want (Accesories, System Tools, Scheduled Commands).
    What I asked above can still cause the same as you have been experiancing till now. Sometimes if there are certain tasks running on the server, it won't shutdown correctly, so check your eventlogs for messages which could point you in the right direction why the shutting down didn't work properly.

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