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Insufficient System Resources Exist

Hi All

I have a massive problem I get this error when i try to login: "The system cannot log you on due to the following error: Insufficient system resources exsist to complete the requested service". I dont know if i should restart the server as this is our file and printer server and if do restart will it come up again?
I cant login in at all, even though remote desktop

Any Help is appricated as i am not sure on what to do
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What was the last thing that got installed on this machine before this problem started? I mean anything particular? Also I hope you do have backup for this server since it is a file server.

If nothing rings a bell then there is no other way other than trying your way? Reboot!

Hi jaimeklein,

Can you access computer management from the network?

(From your workstation)
Right click "my computer" > Click Manage
Right click "Computer management (local)" > Click "Connect to another computer..."
Enter the server name > Click OK

If you can, have a look in the event log there and see what is going on.

For now, I wouldnt restart the server, just to be on the safe side

Also, are you running symantec on that server?  I have seen a few references around relating to that

Hope that helps,

jaimekleinAuthor Commented:
The last thing that was installed was the windows updates.
I will try computer management now thanks redseatechnologies
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jaimekleinAuthor Commented:
nope just tried computer management and it comes back with "computer \\shenton01 cannot be managed. The specific server cannot perform the requested operation" but this works on our servers.
Also, as for restarting versus not restarting.

Weigh up the pros and cons

Best case, your server comes back as though there was never a problem (i give this a 20% chance)
Worst case, your server doesnt boot at all (i give this a 20% chance as well)
Most likely case, it does nothing (60%)

Have you got good backups?

Do you have the space on the network to backup all the data you can access from it now? if so, do it now

I expect you could probably resolve this, but prepare now as if you will have to reinstall the server (repair install, inplace upgrade, whatever)

jaimekleinAuthor Commented:
well the thing is i cant access the stuff the server at all so i cant back anything up.

The back ups are ok at best, cause of the small tape library we have!
Didn't you say that you didnt want to restart it because it is the file server??

If you cant access the files, what is it serving?

if it isnt working anyway, reboot it and try your luck

Have you install Norton Anti-virus? It might be one of the reason. Try to reboot in safe mode first. If you could logon in safe mod then stop the norton anti-virus service.
See http://support.microsoft.com/?id=272568 for more
jaimekleinAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyones help,

What we did was to take a leap and restart the server and it all worked out well.
so we must of been in the lucky 20%

Now if someone can tell me how to prevent something like this would be greatly appricated!
Check your event logs, check your hard drive space, check your updates (ALL software)

Something in there died, and I bet it left a message in the event log telling you about it.

The real test is seeing if it happens again.

jaimekleinAuthor Commented:
yeah we are looking though the logs now!

Thanks for your help red, hope fully it doesnt happen again
I might invest in the big backup library :)

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