Windows SBS 2003 server hangs "applying computer settings" beginning sometime in the past 5 days with APC PowerChute Business Edition 7.02.
Remembering the issue with versions 6.x of Powerchute (when the Java certificate expired on July 31, 2005 causing the same symptoms) I was able to disable the APC services using a remote computer, after which the server starts up fine again. Referring back to APC's knowledge base, I did find that version 7.02 was not affected by the issue last year.
My suspicion is that APC has essentially screwed up 7.02 in the same way that 6.x was broken last year, but I've not found any factual evidence of this (aside from the fact that the server will not start properly with 7.02 services enabled). In the meantime I am leaving Powerchute disabled to provide a temporary fix.
I know that version 7.04 is available but am reluctant to go with it at this point. Does anyone else know of an issue that began affecting APC Powerchute 7.02 beginning in July of 2006? This is more of a rhetorical question, however points will be awarded to anyone who can answer the question pertaining to version 7.02 and why it is hanging the server.