We recently acquired a client whose server was heavily distressed. It is a physical server running Windows SBS 2008. It has been badly neglected and poorly handled and we need to right the ship. Before I go much further I'd like to avoid any responses that include "what was changed recently" or "rebuild the server from scratch". I can't say what was changed recently because until a few days ago we had no control over this box and the rebuild isn't an option I'm willing to accept. There is a lot of data, Active directory, and a live Exchange server in place. Too many moving parts to consider a rebuild from scratch. The critical problems at this point are:
The server will only boot into Windows using the "disable drivers to be digitally signed" under advanced boot options. This wasn't the first problem we ran into but it did cause them to be down for the majority of a day. I'm guessing the previous company knew this little tidbit and was babying the server along for quite some time. We've removed a suspicious LogMeIn mirror driver and plan to get SP2 and all other updates in place immediately. Aside from that, any other suggestions?
The control panel won't open. I've tried changing from Start Menu to Classic Start menu, no success. Also many of the ".cpl" links don't work from a command prompt/run line. A few other similar type of items won't open. If I right click on my computer and do a properties I get nothing and the Network and sharing center doesn't open. Control panel does briefly flash when I attempt to open but never opens to a usable state. I'm all ears I have no rabbit's to pull out of the hat at this point.
The SBS Console won't launch. This is kind of important since a lot of tasks have to be performed from the SBS console. Plan on doing a repair outlined here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd430086(WS.10).aspx
If that doesn't work I'd love to have a suggestion on what to pursue after that.
SBS isn't a product I have a ton of experience with, more versed in Server Standard / Enterprise. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks!