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SBS 2011 Hangs on "Applying Computer Settings"

My office experienced a power loss. On reboot of the server, the load up sequence hangs at "applying user settings" I have powered down and started in safe mode with networking, but couldn't find the culprit. I have rebooted the router and the modem, to try and see if it is a DNS/DHCP issue hanging the server, to no avail. I don't know what the next step would be, so I'd appreciate any help.

SBS 2011 Standard
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
With the SBS Essentials the router should be the dns server and the dhcp server, so if you are configured that way you can test the web access from any station.  I don't think that is the problem, but worth testing.  It may just take some time for it to get though whatever process is giving the grief.

Power outs are strange things in that many times nothing bad happens, and other times it is a real bear.

You can also run a repair from the installation media, and if your last known good backup is actually good, you can restore the system state or the OS from backup.
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johann2118Author Commented:
first, i'm using standard, not sbs 2011 essentials. so the sbs is dns and dhcp, right? im still getting hung at applying computer settings
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Any chance IPv6 is disabled? That will cause this to happen.
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johann2118Author Commented:
i checked it. it's not disabled.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
In safe more are you able to review the event logs at the time of the failed logon (applying settings) and see if there are any errors, especially look for any indicating "service failed to start"
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johann2118Author Commented:
where could i find it? how do i access the logs?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Are you att the GUI prompt in safe mode or command line. If GUI enter in the search or run box  eventvwr.msc  or go to administrative tools | event viewer.
Without the GUI to the best of my knowlege you will need to use Powershell which is more involved:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2009/06/11/windows-event-log-in-powershell-part-ii.aspx
SBS 2011 supports Powershell 2 which allows access from a remote machine.
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johann2118Author Commented:
thanks. i'll try again in the morning. i appreciate your help
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Sorry, can't imagine where I saw Essentials in your question.  Brain must have inserted it in some mysterious way.  Robwill has you on the right track...
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sharkitCommented:
Any update on this as I am experiencing the exact same problem?
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sharkitCommented:
I had a very similar problem and the following information helped me fix it.
http://www.sbsfaq.com/?p=1409

Copied from above link:
2. I initially installed some drivers manually. After reboot, the server stayed for ever on “Applying computer settings”, never showing he loggon screen. Restarting in Safe was OK. Starting using the Last Known Good Configuration fixed the problem. I then ran the HP Smart Update Manager which installed all the drivers required for this server.

3. There was left over information in the registry about the previous NICs. Tryied to clean up the registry but the “Connect to the Internet” wizard did not work properly. This took 5 hours as I did not know how to fix it. At the end someone on the http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/ forum pointed me in the right direction. The solution was:
Open a command prompt with Run as an Administrator,
type: SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1
then type: devmgmt.msc
In the View menu, choose Show Hidden Devices
Now you are able to see the not present devices and can uninstall or remove them

Good luck!

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sharkitCommented:
As well as the above, consider this Microsoft article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2004121

The problems described in the symptoms section occur because of a lock on the Service Control Manager (SCM) database. As a result of the lock, none of the services can access the SCM database to initialize their service start requests. To verify that a Windows computer is affected by the problem discussed in this article, run the following command from the command Prompt:

sc querylock

The output below would indicate that the SCM database is locked:

QueryServiceLockstatus - Success
IsLocked : True
LockOwner : .\NT Service Control Manager
LockDuration : 1090 (seconds since acquired)

Let me fix it myself
you can modify the behavior of HTTP.SYS to depend on another service being started first. To do this, perform the following steps:

Open Registry Editor
Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HTTP and create the following Multi-string value: DependOnService
Double click the new DependOnService entry
Type CRYPTSVC in the Value Data field and click OK.
Reboot the server

NOTE: Please ensure that you make a backup of the registry / affected keys before making any changes to your system.
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