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Windows Server 2003 boots fine, but services not starting

I am working on a Windows server 2003 standard Dell 1800 poweredge that boots fine, but most of the services that are supposed to start auotmatically are not starting.  I was told that some permissions on the C:\ drive were changed and seems like that's when all the problems with the services started to happen.  I have tried to boot from Server 2003 disc, but it doesn't recognize the current windows install so I could not run the repair.  I can get to the recovery console but not sure what to do there because server boots fine.  When I try to start RPC service.  Error 5 access denied.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.
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databoksCommented:
Do you have a SystemState backup?
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lbideauxAuthor Commented:
No, unfortunately this is the first time I have worked with this server.  No system state backup.
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p_nutsCommented:
Can you see the Access rights on c:\ and on c:\windows
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lbideauxAuthor Commented:
Yes, if I go to C:\ drive, right click, properties, then security tab.  I can see that the local Administrator has "full control", but the check marks and boxes are grayed out.  I just created a new local user and added to local administrators group.  I then went to c:\ drive and gave the new user "full control", but still not able to start needed services.
Hmm?
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TroyHrehirchukCommented:
The greyed out check boxes strike a chord, You might want to check and see if you have a group policy at the domain level that is interfering with the local settings. If this server is not part of a domain then you might want to check and see if there are any group policy settings.  Try the following Microsoft Knowledge base. Default Domain Group Policy in Windows Server 2003 kb# 324800
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p_nutsCommented:
Make sure you add the local machine accounts .. Not only local admin.

if the windows folder is wrong too you might just want to reinstall the box rather than manually setting the security for each folder
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p_nutsCommented:
Or see if adding the security on the top layer and try the repair with the installation media
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arnoldCommented:
You likely have to use the dell open manage tools for os install that will present the drivers for the storage/disks to the windows 2003 install disk.
At hat stage you should see the install and have the option to repair install.

Try the following, reboot the system while off the network and see if the behavior changes.  This will address the comments previously posted dealing with an errand GPO that alters the access. Or possibly preventing the services from starting.

What errors are reported for the services not starting when you manually try to start them?
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lbideauxAuthor Commented:
I am unable to logon as another domain user because netlogon service not running.  I don't think it is GP related, can't connect to internet, can't connect to other server shares.  It may be a virus but having a hard time getting updated antivirus software on server.  Hopefully can run updated virus scan tomorrow.  Just following the lead that permissions were changed, unlucky because server is old and no Dell discs were kept or are MIA.  Hoping to fix issue without OS reinstall.  I will see if I can download Dell open manage and try repair that way.  Thanks for all the help!
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d_nedelchevCommented:
You don't have to reinstall the OS to reset filesystem and registy permissions to default state. Just run the following two commands:
secedit.exe /analyze /db C:\WINDOWS\security\Database\secsetup.db /cfg C:\WINDOWS\inf\defltsv.inf /log C:\WINDOWS\security\logs\secanalyze.log

secedit.exe /configure /db C:\WINDOWS\security\Database\secsetup.db /cfg C:\WINDOWS\inf\defltsv.inf /log C:\WINDOWS\security\logs\secrepair.log

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Holefully if permissions was the problem I would suggest starting all services neccessary for internet access and do a virus scan. Or beter yet you could do an offline scan before that using Kaspersky Rescue Disk to be sure that there is no resident virus that can interfere with the permissions fix.
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d_nedelchevCommented:
Also if the server is a DC you should replace defltsv.inf with defltdc.inf in the command line.
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lbideauxAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much!  This was very helpful as I mentioned this was the first time I had worked with this server, so being able to reset file system and registry permissions was huge.
Thanks again.
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