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Stuck in Safe Boot

Help, I think I've done something stupid!!!!
We where getting massive lag on our internet connection.  I narrowed this down to one of our server and though I would do a safeboot to try and narrow down what was causing the problem.  I did an msconfig safeboot with networking.

When the server boots into Safeboot it gets stuck at "preparing network connections" (ov 40 mins so far).  I tried doing an f8 start and then picking normal boot and last know good configuration, but the server boots back into safe mode.  I though I would try and edit the boot.ini file in the recovery console, but booting from the CD's needs a raid driver and I have no usb floppy disk with me to put it on.

Is there anyway of booting ther server back up normally????

it is a dell poweredge server with windows 2003 SBS on it.

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Microsoft Legacy OSWindows Server 2003SBS

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santoshgb24

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Disconnect the network cables and restart
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I have, taken both network cables out and it still sits there :(
ratstud

safe mode without networking, uninstall the network card drivers and reboot?
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Will something like [Admin Edit]  work without the dell raid drivers?
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Possibly alot of raid drivers are included but if not it gives the option to F6 if you need to install drivers
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santoshgb24

If you have a latest system state backup then start server in directory service restore mode and restore the system state , make sure you have latest system state when server working ,
some time you will lost some users id after that backup.
Please also note that if server boots in safe mode then take the bakup also