I am running one (all-in-one) server. It is a Windows Server 2003 Std running Terminal Server, Exchange 2003, and it is also a Domain Controller.
My server was running excellent for about two weeks (since I got it).
Today, I installed Quickbooks 2004 Premier Accounting Edition. I was getting a user permission error from Quickbooks when I tried running from a regular user so I followed these steps: http://www.quickbooks.com/support/faqs/qb2006/a4edfd81.html
It didn't work. Weird things now started to happen.
Notes: when I say Administrator, I mean logged on to the console. Every other user is Terminal Server.
When members of the users group logged on they only saw a completely blue screen. No taskbar, nothing. If they press ctrl + alt + end they could log off.
I tried restoring the registry from Administrator account by importing the export I had just done. It said:
Cannot import C:\.....06-08-06.reg: Not all data was succesfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.
Don't remember why, but I decided to restart the server. As soon as the ctrl + alt + del screen came up an error saying that not all services or drivers could be started, check event viewer for details. I admit I don't really understand what it all means but other than WMI entering in a stopped state, everything was fine.
When I logged in as Administrator (on the console), I got the blue screen... No taskbar, nothing. I took a break because I didn't know what to do. After 6 minutes the desktop magically shows up. Every action takes about 60+ seconds to respond. I uninstalled Quickbooks, restarted server.
I tried restoring my backup from last night (Retrospect HD on a Maxtor external HD, it's supposed to do a full system backup), but that also gave me some kind of error and didn't complete.
So now, if I log in it takes about 6 mins just to show ANYTHING on the desktop. After that, it takes long (60+ secs) to recognize an action like clicking start, but then executes very fast like normal. Exchange works for Administrator with Outlook but webmail is not working. I can't really see if the other users can use their outlook because it takes so long for them to log in (or whatever it's doing).
I searched the heck out of this site and Googled myself crazy trying to find a similar situation without success. Please help.