Windows Server 2003 Login Loop

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-12-27
I have a Windows 2003 Server which functions as a web server that is behaving strangely this morning.  When I try to RDP into it, it fails.  So I thought I'd try using PSEXEC to kick RDP into submission.  PSEXEC fails as well.  

Browsing to sites hosted on this server is successful, and viewing shared folders through Explorer works as well.

So I go to the server's physical console, and CTRL+ALT+DEL to get the login box.   Login box comes up, I enter my credentials, and it immediately kicks back to the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen.  So I enter that again, try my creds again, and again, kicked back to the CAD screen.

I've tried various accounts that should be able to login to this server with the same result.

I remotely manage the server, and check its event log.  It has an error about Terminal Services terminating unexpectedly.  So I Restart that service.  Now RDP doesn't error out right away, but instead sits at "Configuring remote session".  The console still behaves as described above.

Whenever I attempt logging in from the console, an Error 1218 is registered in the Application Event Viewer.
Question by:Brodie Krause
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    Are you logging in from a Windows 7/Vista Machine by any chance?

    If so, try the following command on 7/vista machine and try again:

    netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled


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    by:Brodie Krause
    Yes, I am RDP-ing from a Windows 7 machine.   I ran the command you recommended, however the result is the same.

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    After a bit more searching on the issue, could I ask if you are trying to log in locally as an administrator on the server? Can you still not login locally? I think we should get you logging into the server locally (i.e. not via RDP) before we think about the RDP problem.

    I did find this:

    That hotfix looks like it may help the RDP problem, but if you cannot even login to the server locally as an administrator then we have a bigger problem on our hands!


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