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SBS stalls at "Applying computer settings..."

A normal boot will not work - it will stall at applying computer settings.

However, Safe Mode works fine.

Any thoughts?

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Mal Osborne

This is usually indicitive of incorrect DNS settings.  The servers should point ot itself for DNS.  Give the server a while (usually a bit over 16mins) and it should struggle to it's feet, from there you can reconfigure DNS.  

I have also seen this happen when using an APC UPS of the workstation variety and having the APC PowerChute software installed.  For some reason, the APC service causes windows to hang.  Removing the software seems to fix it.
It has been about a year since I last encountered the issue with this cause, so it's possible newer versions of their software corrected it.

If you were to disconnect/unplug the nic during start up and don't experience this issue, than it is definitely DNS as Malmensa has mentioned above.
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indeed DNS or APC, please give us ipconfig /all from server + one client

I have repeatedly tried booting without the ethernet cable plugged in, and it still won't go.  Although I haven't tried leaving it for 16 mins as suggested - I just hard reset.

I do have a UPS device - but Powerchute doesn't ring a bell.

However, perhaps it would be worthwhile to simply remove this software and see what happens?

I really need this server to boot up in normal mode because the network is currently running without a DC.

just wait half an hour or smth like that, it will boot, you will see.
if you have APC you might have powershute, just update it, no need to remove.
If you don't have APC with powershute it's a DNS issue.
If that is the case we'll need an ipconfig /all
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Some ipconfig /all data below.

Its not that accurate, because I only booted the server in Safe Mode with Networking and then connected cable after boot.

I am now going to try leaving the server for a while to see if it will boot normally...come on baby!

Have waited over half an hour and still no login screen...still applying computer settings...aarrgghh!!!

After checking online, MGE and APC are a merged company - so I have uninstalled MGE Personal Solution Pac and I am now restarting - again...
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Looks like it is still stalling...


Why is your client pointing to your gateway as dns?
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
you should put the client on dhcp
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
and you should point ONLY to your SBS server for DNS (and dhcp)

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I just don't want to - I want the clients to retain access to the internet and the NAS even if the server goes down.

Is there a way to make this work?

you forget that you are working on an SBS server.
you COULD do things manually, and set dncs, ip's, ... manually, but it is certainly NOT advisable.
just use the settings that I told you, and you will be fine, else you will mess things up.

if the server goed down, you could change the default gateway, and use the 'alternate settings' in your tcp/ip properties.

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If no further problems are found, things should be good.
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