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Our PDC in our company is a Windows Small Business Server 2003. Rebooting the machine is often a problem. Sometimes it succeeds, sometimes it doesn't. Then several reboots do help. The second, third, fourth, ... try may be successful. In the log files nothing is found about this strange behaviour.
We use a dutch version of SBS 2003 so my translations may be inaccurate, but when rebooting fails, the server seems to hang in phase "Preparing network connections". I once waited for more than 8 hours, but nothing changed. So now I press the on/off button to give the boot up a new try.
What can I do to find out what could be the problem of this.
Our server is a Dell Poweredge 2900
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Please see this newsgroup post which should help you through this issue:
http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs/browse_thread/thread/dbc802b562d21d9d/b0316d1bce13bfc0?hl=en&lnk=gst#b0316d1bce13bfc0

Please advise if you need further help though.

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Sorry for my very late response, but I wanted to check the suggested solution thoroughly. At first I thought everything was fixed now. I planned to accept the solution, but then Murphy came along. Today I had to restart the server a few times. Every time about the 5th to 10th attempt succeeded. All the other attempts were unsuccesful.
The only error mentioned in the log files is about Network Load Balancing. I've read that Microsoft suggests never to disable this function, but isn't it better to ignore this advice and delete this service, because we're talking about an SBS???
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Where have you read that "Microsoft suggests never to disable this function"?

If that's the error you are getting (Event ID 7000), then you probably have a 3rd-party program installed that's calling for the service.  It's probably not even installed though.

See this KB article on how to correct:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833375  (Obviously Microsoft suggests differently than you thought)  :-)

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FYI... usually the 3rd-party program that causes this is BackupExec.
http://support.veritas.com/docs/263037

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