SFC Scannow on Windows Server 2003 SBS

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I'm not that familiar with SFC, but I'm trying to run it on a Windows Server 2003 SBS, all I get is a DOS screen that flashes and then nothing, that's not what it's supposed to do is it?

I'm going to Start-Run-sfc /scannow.

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Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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Try and run this from a command prompt which will enable you to see what the 'DOS screen' says when it flashes.  It might be that you are not providing enough parameters.  

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Ady

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When I try that, it says I have to be an administrator running in a console session.

I have tried logged in as the local admin and the domain admin, both do the same thing.
Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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OK - when you go to the start menu and select 'Command Prompt' instead of just clicking on it, right click on it and select 'Run as Administrator'.

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Ady
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Same thing.
Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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OK - you need to use cmd.exe and not command.exe.  So follow these steps:

1.  Go to start and type in cmd into the search box at the bottom of the start menu.
2.  When you see the cmd.exe icon, right click on it and select 'Run as Administrator'
3.  Try again with SFC and it should work.

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Ady

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Nope, right clicked cmd.exe from C:\windows\system32, ran as administrator, go the same message about the administrator console.
Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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Hmmm well that solution has worked for others in the same predicament.  Interesting.  Please confirm that you are logged on using a full administrator account?  

The reason the screen is flashing when you try to run the command from 'run' is because it needs admin privilleges.  Doing what I showed you above will run the command prompt with elevated privilleges which should allow you to run the SFC scan.  

I take it UAC is enabled?  If so try disabling it temporarily and try my steps again.

Regards,

Ady

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This is not on a vista machine, it's windows server 2003 SBS as stated in my original post.  

If there is a way to disable UAC on Server 2003 SBS, I do not know of it.
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Are you trying to run this command via Remote Desktop?  If so then that will be causing the problem.  Follow these steps in that case:

1. Once you have established RDP session do Start, Run, type tsmmc.msc and hit Enter

2. Add new connection, making sure "Connect to console" is checked.

3. Once connected you will able to run sfc.exe

Regards,

Ady

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That worked, thank you very much!
Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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You're welcome - god is in the detail!

Regards,

Ady

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thanks afoot...this saved my bacon today.

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