Windows 2k3 Server will let me log in, then immediate save settings and log me off.

Posted on 2008-11-09
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
windows server 2003, 6 drives in a raid 5.  

after trying to mirror partitions and ghost ( unsuccessfully ), i try to boot the original array and windows will let me log in but then it will immediately log off.

not a lot of information, but not a lot of time.  very urgent, any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Question by:tritginc
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    Can you boot to safe mode?

    Author Comment

    yes, but still login then immediate log off...
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    Assisted Solution

    That is very strange.  Have you tried logging in with another account to make sure it's not profile specific?

    If your not sure of another account you can fire up Computer Management from your workstation then connect remotely to the server and create another administrator account to test with.


    Author Comment

    yes, tried multiple accounts, both local and domain.  same results
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    Assisted Solution

    Hi tritginc,

    Have you try it on different machine? I think it might be a virus. Please check this out.

    Good luck.
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    Can you browse its event logs from another computer and see what errors or warnings are occurring?

    Did you try the safe mode with command prompt?

    See for additional help

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you everyone for your help.  sorry that this thread was not closed sooner.  it took us until 6am but we found a stable solution.

    the server was originally a 2000 server, upgraded to NT, then to 2k3.  what we ended up having to do was install a new copy of 2k3 on a new partition because the raid array wouldnt boot.  with the new copy installed, we copied the WINNT folder and all program files over to the new partition and changed the boot ini to use that as default.  then booted.  came up perfectly and has been running well.  if anyone has any further questions, dont hesitate to ask.

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