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Server 2003 - Keeps restarting on Boot

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Hi

I currently have a server 2003 DC that wont boot. It goes through the motions but just keeps restarting. A "Last known good" didnt make any difference.

Trying to boot in safe mode results in loading to the login screen, then rebooting when you try to login.

If i choose the "Dont restart on failure", it shows the following error

STOP: 0x00000007F (0x00000008, 0x800420000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Microsoft say its a CPU issue, but all diagnostics pass on the test - and talk on the forums seems to think this isnt the issue.

Booting to a recovery console from the install CD also just restarts when you pick the installation.

My question is:

Am i able to try a re-install of the OS over the top (repair installation) even through this server holds the Infrastructure and PDC roles as well as being a GC.

Will it break the domain?

Should i just seize the roles onto the other DC?

Any advice would be GREAT! thanks

Steve


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by:Muzafar Momin
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boot the server with windows 2003 CD and go to repair option and run Chkdsk /F /R or /P
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You can do a repair installation, but do not do an inline Windows install (when you change the name of the Windows folder).  I performed a repair install on a DC a few nights ago that went flawlessly.  Once completed you'll still want to do further research for the original cause of the problem in case it was related to a driver/update issue that could occur again on the repaired install.
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by:Mike Kline
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When you say Microsoft says its a CPU issue - Do you have a support case open and did they look at the dump file for debugging (blue screen dump)

If you seize the roles don't bring this server back online.  

So if you go that route you would seize the roles and then go through a metadata cleanup from a good DC to remove this "dead" DC

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

You have to do that if you don't get a graceful demotion

Then you can reinstall the OS and promote the box again.  If it is a hardware issue the problem may arise again though.

Thanks

Mike
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by:tmoore1962
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Can you boot in Directory restore mode?  If you your AD is corrupt.  Restore AD from backup
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by:stevie_dee
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Thanks for all the help guys, i tried to get to the repair option, but as soon as you hit the recovery console it just restarts

As suugested by operationnos, I have now done a repair isntall and all seems to be ok. The AD is still intact and went pretty smoothly! There are a few errors and services not working, but were working through them one by one trying to fix it!

Thanks for all your help guys!

Steve
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by:Acosta Technology Services
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Glad to hear you're back up and running, let us know if you need any assistance with the failed services.
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