I'm running Exchange 2003 in Windows 2003, virtual on vsphere 4. Storage is on NAS with NFS. The NAS was inaccessable for half an hour while the server was running, so the VM crashed.
The Exchange server was also DC.
After the NAS was up again, the VM could not start because the AD was corrupt. So my plan was to take the AD role of (dcpromo with force option) and reinstall Exchange (see http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_21621203.html
), in order to get a Exchange server without the AD role. I wanted to get rid of it for some time, wanted to install a second Exchange without AD and move mailboxes, but now , because AD was broken, I choose this path.
I deinstalled AD succesfully, after that the server was out of the domain. I made it a domain member again and reinstall Exchange, but now the server hangs with "Applying computer settings" for more than an hour. With hang, I mean not really hanging, the dialog box is responsive, I can ping the server, but I cannot do anything while it is in this state.
I powerd it off, booted in safe mode with network an checked DNS settings. DNS settings were 2 other DNS servers, up and running. I changes one of the DNS settings to 127.0.0.1 and resatrted normally, but it is still "hanging" now.
Any idea's what can be wrong?