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Posted on 2013-02-01
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Please help, I need to find out why my server restart (Server 2008). I have a IIS server, it restart by-itself this morning around 8:30am, I saw at the NIC property, it shows duration since it restarted from 8:30am. From event views, in system, application and security they all show events after restart, is there anyway I can find out who or why this server restarted? Thank you in advance =)
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by:xperttech
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Have you selected to apply Windows Updates automatically?
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by:CompProbSolv
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The event log should indicate if the restart was unexpected (possibly caused by power failure) or not.  That distinction will help greatly in determining the direction to look.
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by:weikiiro
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Last windows update was on 5/11/2012.

In system log it shows unexpected shutdown, after server come back, and I put in "Other". Please see attachment.
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This looks like a crash. Perhaps the "Other" reason was provided "after the fact". When you logged in, it warned you of improper shutdown and asked for the reason.

I would check the system folder for a dump or mini-dump. Probably a bad driver could have cause a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death).

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by:weikiiro
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Yes, I input the "Other" reason after server come back.
This is a VM running on local storage, local storage looks ok, please see attachment.
Where I should find the dump or mini-dump file? detail path please for server 2008. Thank you =)
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And what should I look for in the dump file? =)
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Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/254649?wa=wsignin1.0


You can use Dumpchk.exe to inspect the dump file:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/156280
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