Posted on 2006-03-20
A new Dell server crashed and wouldn't reboot. I was called in to solve problem, only to find that upon the failure to reboot, someone (and funny enough nobody seems to knows who) had inserted the SBS Install CD and tried to re-install (repair/upgrade) to solve problem. The In-place Upgrade process halted when installing devices, as the USB2 Host Controller locks and this Dell only has USB Keybd/Mouse, so they are basically stuck in the middle of this setup run.
Now if I boot the server, it boots with Win 2003 SBS logo, goes to "Restarting Setup" and locks same place.
Is there a way to roll-back the install/upgrade attempt?
If not, is there a way to install a fresh copy and just recover my users from Active directory?
In short, there is no tape backup, as the server had just been installed, users created and their desktop My_documents, Exchange mailboxes, etc were moved onto server before a backup was scheduled. So I would like to be able to recover this either by stopping the current setup attempt, or to install fresh copy and recover from available files I have on disk (like NTDS.DIT, etc). I have BartPE, etc, so I can see all files and copy partitions, etc.