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SBS 2011 stuck on preparing to configure windows

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Hi

Just had to shutdown a SBS 2011 server for my new client and it pushed through 46 updates.
Took a couple of hours. On restart it's been stuck on "preparing to configure Windows" for 4 hours now.

Is it waiting for something?

Could someone give me a step by step guide to how to get this thing back please?

Much appreciated.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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There are a couple of exchange updates that take a long time. Especially if you stacked the, up. I'd just wait it out. 4 hours isn't terribly long in this era of patching.
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14 hours now

Any ideas anyone?
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crash2000 earned 2000 total points
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Sounds a long time to me.
I would reboot to safe mode. (It may roll back updates)
Then disable your internet security product in Services and reboot.
If it boots successfullly, apply all updates, reboot and enable your internet security.
I had this same issue with a couple of servers running Trend WFBS security, so may happen with others.

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by:ronnie10165
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Thanks

I did reboot in safety mode and it did rollback the updates. Rebooting normally configured Windows . We have cloud AV so don't think that's a concern.
All fixed , thanks
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by:ronnie10165
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Simple and easy
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by:crash2000
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Glad to help.

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