SBS 2008 can't get to logon screen
Posted on 2013-01-20
I have a client's Windows Server 2008 SBS standard that is having problems.
This is a Dell T-110 with a perc S100 controller.
It was running fine and then we lost all network connectivity with the server from the workstations. The server itself stopped responding so we restarted it. On start up, it gets to the point where you would expect to have the logon screen appear but you only get a black screen and a mouse cursor. It never gets to the logon screen. Same thing happens in safe mode and trying to start with a command prompt. Using last know good ends up with the same problem.
I have tried repair from the original disk without success. It indicated that it had fixed problems but the end result was the same. Couldn't use system restore as no restore points had been created.
Right now I have added an external drive (USB) to the system and am copying the data off after starting the computer in repair mode using xcopy. Slow but at least I'm getting data.
I inherited this system (yesterday) and they are only using offsite backup so I really don't know what state their backups are in. That's why the attempt to save whatever I can.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get this restarted? I really have only until tomorrow so this question will close quickly because they have to get running and if I can't get an answer, I'll need to start to rebuild the server (not my first choice.)
Thanks in advance for any ideas you can throw my way.