Windows Server 2003 desktop disappeared
Posted on 2007-03-29
We are running Windows Server 2003 SBS, with Exchange 2003. I usually log in using Remote Desktop to manage the server from my own desktop. About once every two week, the desktop session on the console (the one with the actual keyboard and mouse attached) will disappear compelely, leaving only a mouse cursor and a background wall paper.
The server will continue to function (Exchange, File Shares, NAT etc), but when I attempt to restart the server (to correct the disappeared desktop problem) from a Remote Desktop session, it will log me out of the remote desktop session (which is as expected) but the server won’t actually restart, and while at the same time it seems to have shutdown the Terminal Server service already, so I can’t even use RD again to gain control, so I am stuck with no RD and No console desktop, just a cursor and a background on the console. This problem only occurs when I try to restart he server from a remote desktop session while the desktop on the console session disappeared. In these cases I usually just press the power button to shut it down.
We run Exchange 2003 on a Xeon (P4 class) and with 1GB of RAM but the Exchange store.exe process always allocates more than 1GB of RAM and there is always a lot of paging going on, just wondering if this is related to my problem, Our Exchange Information Store is already about 25Gb in size.
Thank you for your help