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SBS2003 Crashing intermittently with ESENT errors

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Over the past two days, our sbs server has crashed 3 times.

The only thing I can see logged before it stops responding is:

 
wins (2836) Database recovery/restore failed with unexpected error -543.

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and:

wins (2836) Database C:\WINDOWS\system32\wins\wins.mdb requires logfiles 94-97 in order to recover successfully. Recovery could only locate logfiles starting at 97.

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The users all have redirected desktops/my documents, and it's causing their machines to hard lock-up and everything to crash. How can I fix the above problem, and secondly - Could this cause the server to behave erratically?

Thanks in advance!
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by:marcustech
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Wouldn't expect either of those errors to crash the system, although they may be symptoms of the same problem. Does the server bluescreen before crashing, reboot straight away or freeze and have to be rebooted manually?
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by:UncleVirus
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It refuses to accept RDP connections, seems to stop serving files (If redirected documents / desktio are being used with offline files OFF, as is the case here) - I can see it causing the workstations to lock up as they cannot read the desktop/start menu/documents. I've rejoined all the computers to the domain, and also removed the contents of C:\Windows\system32\WINS \* and restarted the WINS service (Net stop wins / net start wins) and it started okay. I'm going to see how it goes, and let you know.

I fear hardware may be the blame...
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by:marcustech
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Once it starts refusing RDP and not serving files, what do you have to do before it works again? Does it require a hard reboot, or does it start serving again by itself?
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It required a hard reboot on several occasions before. Once, there was no screen output locally at the server - the second time, I attempted to wake the local terminal and log on but explorer etc stopped responding.

Also; Today I noticed something in the event logs :

The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer MAIN-PC that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{44E6B0CC-02C6-408E-9322-D39226F1DEA0}. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced.

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This seems to correspond with the blips.. not sure if this helps.
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by:UncleVirus
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Problem was down to faulty hardware.
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