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How do i create memory dump in 2003 when a server crashes

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
hello,

my server has crashed a few times and automatically reboots back up with this event entry below. when the server crashes again i want it to created a memory dump automatically so that i can find out why the server crash in the first place. can you guide me in how to set this up please.

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  A dump was not saved
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Top Expert 2011

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Right-click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Settings button in Startup and Recovery frame > make sure all checkboxes are checked in the System Failure frame and that the Dump File path is not blank (typically %systemroot%\memory.dmp)

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i have already everything check execpt for Time to display recovery options when needed... and still did not create the memory.dmp file specified which is specified to %SystemRoot%\MEMORY.DMP and still received the event entry below:

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  A dump was not saved
Top Expert 2011

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Possibly unchecking Automatically Restart might leave you some BSOD information to work with... I know it's not the best (or most optimal) recommendation when it comes to a server system...

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i was wrong i had nothing checked if i leave automatically reboot checked it will still create my memory dump file right?

what is BSOD message information important for?
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
Yes.

BSOD info, if you were for some reason not getting your dump file (which you indicated nothing was checked and that is the reason), would display an error for which you would have at least something to work with... samples of some BSODs are:

STOP: 0×00000050
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

STOP: 0×0000000A
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

STOP: 0×000000EA
THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER

Of course such info is kind of lean (better than none at all), so the dump file would be more helpful (ideal) for troubleshooting system default issues.

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ok yobri thanks alot, one more quick questions this server is physically in another office site. I have 16gb of ram in that server so i'm think it will probably take 1 hour to create the dump file but my concern is if im not physically next to it that it will reboot automatically after finishing the dump file?
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ok thanks
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