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Windows 2003 SBS Server hung at Startup

  I have a Windows 2003 SBS Server that boots the the Windows Server 2003 Screen (with the little bar going across the the bottom) and that is as far as it goes. It never gets to the point of preparing network connections or applying computers settings.

   It isn't hung (at least the little bar keeps moving) but never gets to the ctrl-alt-del screen. My guess is that a service has hung or there is a drive that has hung. The server boots in to safe mode and safe mode with networking just fine but won't boot normally.

Anyone have any idea where to start on this?
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Cloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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Have you made any changes to your hardware or software on the system recently?

I ran into this yesterday when I changed out my noisy system fan with a quieter one (BIOS was trying to adjust the speed on it when I replaced it with a non-adjustable one).

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  I am going to have to answer honestly. Yes. Completely. I used Acronis Echo Server with Universal Restore and dropped the image on a completely different piece of hardware. ANything I can do in Safe Mode?
Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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That's most likely the problem then. SBS doesn't work like XP or any of the other Microsoft OS platforms. It is specifically geared to the hardware it was installed on, thus its trying to start up and find all the registry information for the original hard drive, memory type, etc it was originally built upon.

Are you trying to do something like a bare metal recovery of the device or replicate the image of the box on a different platform?

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Upgrade the server. I hate to be picky but are you saying SBS is different then full Windows 2003 Standard? I have done the same move on a 2003 Standard and it worked really well. SBS is that much different then Standard?
Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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SBS is an integrated application and operating system package.

SBS Features:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/features/default.mspx

Are you trying to go from SBS 2003 to Server 2003? If so, you need to look at the SBS Transition Pack instead.
http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/sbs/techinfo/planning/transition.mspx
TG TranIT guy
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What you can do is to do is pop in the 1st CD and boot up from it.  Let it goes thru the normal things as if you are doing the a fresh install.  When it asks whether to repair, select fresh install.  It then will start to dectect the drives, and during this process, it will find the Windows directory and it will present you the option to repair - take that option.

The point here is to re-run the 1st CD to let it re-detect and reinstall hardware drivers.

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  I am not upgradeing the OS. Just cloneing it to a faster piece of hardware. I believe I tried the "repair install" and it copies the installation files to the server and reboots which puts me back at the hung server. I will try the fresh ...
Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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You might want to look at SBS Swing Migration then -- www.sbsmigration.com
TG TranIT guy
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Have you tried to boot into safe mode and disable all M$ services and then try to boot normally?

If you have time, you may want to run sysprep on the old box, and then run True Image to the new server.

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