Applying Computer Settings taking ages

hi all
please see the image for my network diagram, everything was fine until  this evening when i turn on my server Exchange1 and it is getting stuck at "APPLYING COMPUTER SETTINGS", it look like it is  not hanged  because i can see the animated line on the window screen but screen is not moving beyond this stage. i have left the PC on for like two hours but still no joy. i have tried  rebooting it several times but same thing happens, it restart like a normal PC but doesn't move forward from that screen.  please help me as i need to work on my lab.
many thanks
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Please check your event log to see if any services or program is failing on startup.
This should give you more insight into your problem.
man_united332Author Commented:
kimbroy thnx for ur reply, how do i check event logs bcoz im not able to login.
The first thing I would do would be to unplug the network cable and see if the server starts up then. This determines if it is a local issue, or a network issue.
If it still fails, start the server up in safe mode, this will allow you to get in and check the logs that kimbroy mentions.
To hang on that screen usually indicates a network related error, mainly group policies, but in your diagram I'm guessing you're not applying any.
Try safe mode with networking and see if you can ping any of the other boxes in your network.
Do you have a live network connection (flashing lights on the hub and server network card?)
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Glad you asked!

From another machine thats on that domain.

Go to start run type in mmc

in mmc go to file add/remove snap in.

choose event viewer

select another computer

put in \\nameofcomputer


man_united332Author Commented:
this PC is my domain controller so i m not sure if i can access it from another PC, nevertheless i tried the PC in safe mode with networking support and able to log in. then i checked the event viewer and found loads of red crosses since i am new to server side networking could not do much but what i did basically i changed the IP settings of my lan card manually and set them up according to my network diagram and guess what when i reboted it again it rebooted like a normal PC.

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Daryl SirotaDirector of Technical ServicesCommented:
With only 1 DC in the network (itself!) the Exchange services get all offended, back off, wait for the DC/DNS/LDAP functions to startup, then retry... not to mention the poor machine doesn't know where to get GPO's, etc.

It's just a lab, so who cares?  If this were production, I'd stand up another DC/DNS server and make sure each DC has itself and each other in the DNS IP stack..

BTW: This is typical in SBS networks.
man_united332Author Commented:
fastfngrz, u r right that its a lab so who cares :) but still i have spend a lot of time configuring it and yesterday fortunately it was back to normal, otherwise what's the best practice in a production environment?
man_united332Author Commented:
thank you guys my server is rebooting like normal now.
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