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Posted on 2006-11-29
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I have a server for a client of mine that went down last night.  I came in this AM and turned it on and it let me login and show the backround image but no icons nor a start menu appeared.  I hit ctl,alt,del and did new task and ran explorer.exe and went to disk management and the mirror was resyncing.  This took a while and now it says the mirror is healthy again.  Even after a reboot I cannot get the computer to do any thing after I login.  User can access the files however I cant get on the server to start a few programs like Napa tracs ect.....

I cannot remote desktop into the server either.

It does this in safe mode as well, and last known hardware config doesnt work either.

thanks.

--Brian
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Question by:Deatherage
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by:Deatherage
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I got explorer.exe to open to my program file and got my programs running.  My users can login and print.  I still cannot right click on the desktop or have any icons or a start menu  whats going on?
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by:Seelan Naidoo
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At this stage I would check both drives to see which one might be faulty.

Once you which one it is, you can remove it, and install a new drive / or break the mirror and then re-create it.

After that go troubleshoot by your profile might be corrupt, or its trying to map to a drive or share that cannot be accessed..

Check your login scripts..

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by:Deatherage
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I ended up putting in the windows 2003 server disk and hitting upgrade  let it go  and everything worked.  i got my start menu and everyting came up.

I now have the issue of when i go to acive directory I get the following error  "MMC cannot open the file C:\Windows\System32\dsa.msc"

I did a dcpromo and it wants to remove active directory so i know it is installed.  How do i fix this?

--brian
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The_Kirschi earned 1000 total points
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Try to install the Adminpack.msi from the DC on %windir%\System32
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by:Deatherage
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installed it   that didnt work   I am doing the 55 + updates from windows update  I am thinking when I upgraded my windows install it messed up active dir.   I dunno  we'll c if the updates work

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by:The_Kirschi
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Do you have any error messages in the event log?
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by:Deatherage
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I ended up installing MMC 3.0 and it all works now
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