Server 2008 stuck on reboot configuring updates.

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We are running Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 as a member server in a Windows 2008 Small Business Server Domain.

After receiving errors creating objects from an ASP app in IIS on the same server, running the Dependency walker tool showed that inetinfo.dll and gpsvc.dll was missing.  A quick google said that the DesktopExperience feature needed to be added to get this DLL.

I added the Deskptop Experience and Group Policy features hoping to install the missing DLLs.

On restart the Server is now stuck on Configuring Updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 100% complete.  Do not turn off your computer"

I am able to connect to the server via an RDP session.  The server manager is now unable to display an installed features (it gets stuck "collecting data" and eventually displays a "last refresh failed" message).  It also displayed errors saying that both the Desktop Experience and the Group Policy features were NOT installed successfully with a CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE.

I am reluctant to simply restart the server at this stage as I thjink I will just end up back at the same "Configuring Updates" screen.

Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 Version 6.0 (Build 6001: Service Pack 1)

What do I need to do next to try and resolve this issue?
Question by:Woodster
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    Accepted Solution

    I would boot the server in safe mode & brose to c:\windows & delete all the $NTxxxxx (blue files you see). These files are update files & it sounds like one or many may be corrupt. Then reboot the machine.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Although not the final solution I have accepted that comment.  We performed a reboot but were then unable to log in to the server at all.  Ctrl-Alt-Delete from the console did not respond to could not log on to console and RDP session also did not respond.  Doing a hard reset at that point and returning to a Last Known Good configuration has seemingly resolved the issue,.

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