I have seen similar posts but ...
I have taken over management of a no brand Win 2003 server with SP1 (about 4-5 years). During patching, and after a reboot..I can log on but it immediately logs me off after the logon screen. I have tried starting in safe mode with the various options available ...no good. Tried other logon accounts..no good.
I have tried booting from the CD drive..no luck (even though I have enabled it in the BIOS). The CD drive does work..apparently you cannot boot from it though. It doesn't have recovery console installed. There is no original install CDs. I do have the Win 2003 CDs.
The server is a print server and a DC as well. Users can print to it and I can map drives from another workstation...so it appears to be working. I can access its registry via remote registry from another workstation. I did take a System State backup to file prior to backup and burnt it to CD.
Any other options on how I can logon on to it ?