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Server 2003 small biz prob - crashing only at weekends

Help please.

I’m concerned about a Windows server I take care of for a small business.  I have installed ultra VNC on the server to use in case remote desktop fails.  Anyway the last couple of weekends, when i try to login to the server via R/D and VNC it didn’t work.
On logging into the Netgear router (which is the main gateway) I notice that the server is not even connected to the network, hence the reason of no connectivity.  This is strange because from Monday to Friday it’s been used as a file server and no problems at all there – suddenly at the weekend when not in use it’s started to crash.

Last weekend the same thing happened and when I got there, the server was still running but nothing was on the display screen, after a reboot it came on and all was ok up until this weekend, same thing again – I tried to login and it’s off the network – not responding to ping or anything.
I’ve checked the netgear router log and noticed that there is some attempts to connect to the server via port 5900 (VNC) from several different IP address’s.

This was the same last weekend, so now I’m thinking is it a possible attempt to access the server Via vnc and then this is causing it to crash or maybe a hardware fault.

I have a strong password on both VNC and Win Server  and nothing out of the blue is recorded in the event log after the crash occurs.

So any ideas please - Thanks.

W.JJ



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Why would you think that RDP might fail.  I'd uninstall VNC and see if that fixes the problem.

Also, just want to confirm that this is a Windows Small Business Server 2003?

Can you also please post a COMPLETE ipconfig /all from the server?

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Thanks for replying
In the past i've had a few probs connecting to Remote desktop so i decided to install vnc just in case.  The software is enterprise not small biz (sorry)
= Ip config details below - what info do you need to see ?


   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : w2k3server
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : smallbusiness.local
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : smallbusiness.local

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100+ Management Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-D0-B9-3F-C6-0C
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : no
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.30
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1



"The software is enterprise not small biz " 

Do you mean that the Windows Server OS is Enterprise Edition?  

Is this the only server on the network?  If so, then it needs to be running as a DNS server and point to itself for DNS (as do all of the workstations).  

If you've not specifically disabled WINS, you also should configure the NIC to have the server's IP for the WINS server.

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Yes the server's O/S is Enterprise edition.
DNS is setup and working ok.  what does this have to do with my problem ?

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Got this sorted, was a power managemnet problem in the BIOS
I will share out the points as both of you gave good info

W.J