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I'm using a brand new Dell T610, two nic on board, Raid H700.  

During my installation of sbs 08, I came across the "Configuring update state 3 of 3. 0%" issue under automatic windows update which finally done after "thousands of hours" and restart itself automatically after several trials of os reinstallation.

Whenever sbs 08 boots up and I login in at once, I can see the Security and Updates, and Backup are in Queryinig states in SBS console which hangs for over an hour to complete.  During this hanging, only some small programs can be run such as notepad.exe, mspaint.exe.  All administrative tools such as Dns, Dhcp, or AD User and Computer can't be run.  If administrative tools run from Start Menu, start menu will be hung.  If service button is clicked inside of Taskman, Taskman will be hung.  If those tools run from command line, the command prompt will be hung.  Once the "Querying" words turn to be other things, all administrative tools can be run normally at once.  I notice that the "Updates" from three of them will change firstly and then the "Security" and "Backup" will change afterwards at once.  Those hung administrative tools will be launched at once like a queue after seeing the "Querying" from "Updates" changed.  I then disable all three windows update services and restart the server, but the condition persists.  No matter I connect the cable to Internet or not, the condition persists.

Sbs 08 runs smooth in safe mode.  What can I do to get it fixed?

Sbs 2008 is really terrifying me!
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by:NJComputerNetworks
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1) disable one NIC  (SBS 2008 only supports one nic... no nic teaming supported)

2) make sure in the TCP/IP properties of your server, that DNS is pointing to 127.0.0.1 (or the IP address of your SBS server(and no where else... like ISP DNS servers , etc)
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To ne honest I don't know the answer but would like to take a guess. SBS2008 is best running with ONE nic so disabling one of the nic and configure SBS with single nic could be a good start. Beside, if it runs perfectly well in safe mode its suggesting there is a driver problem. Go to Device Manager and see if there is any hint there. However you need to find out which one yourself I am afraid.
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by:riowg
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Hi, the erratic symptom PERSISTS, though I'd disabled one NIC which has not configured teaming, and now pointed DNS to 127.0.0.1.  
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I mean no teaming in current NIC.
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by:Cris Hanna
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Sorry but the information about pointing DNS to 127.0.0.1 (localhost) is incorrect.   There should be only one IP address for DNS and it MUST be the address that is assigned to the NIC itself...
Then run the Fix My Network wizard on the SBS server console
Then download and run the SBS BPA (www.sbsbpa.com) and fix everything!
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THANKS all for the info, though they don't help to the freezing issue.  I've just reinstalled sbs from scratch again.  I will not do any updates, unless timing is not a concern for now ....  I actually daren't to update the sbs.

However, I do wish to know if anyone experienced the same or similar things as mine in the sbs 08 sp2.  Wish to see if I'm not alone.
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by:Cris Hanna
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After installing the SBS Server, download and run the SBS BPA (www.sbsbpa.com) and FIX EVERYTHING
Again insure that only one NIC is in use
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by:ambriel
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Dell T610 running Microsoft SBS 2008, the services won't start up after Microsoft updates took place.
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by:ambriel
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We experienced the same issue on a Brand new Dell T610 running Microsoft SBS 2008. The services, specially Exchange will not start and this occur after doing Microsoft Critical updates.
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by:riowg
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I felt Dell is selling wrong server hardware package for SBS 2008 which has unreasonable hardware limitation and has buggy updates!
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by:cwbb
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I had the same problem and found the following solution on another site that fixed the problem.  I don’t remember the site or author to cite.

Immediately after logging on with administrator rights, open a command window and type "msconfig".  Then click on the tools tab and click on the disable User Access Control (UAC) option.  Reboot the server.
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