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Posted on 2013-05-22
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I have a problem with a SBS 2011 server.
After installing some updates by windows update, I'm stuck in a loop of "Failure configuring windows updates. Reverting changes".

This happens every time the server boots.

What can I do?
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by:m3mph1s1
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You can boot to last known good configuration, reference the event viewer to say what errors are being thrown before uninstalling the updates and rebooting the system.
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by:stebyshe
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I'm able to access the server by the network. I can open "services". I can access the file system.
I have tried to copy the Application log from the server, but I cannot find any errors.
Is it possible to instruct Windows to just drop all of the updates that wait for 2.stage install (configuration after boot).

The server use about 3 hour for one cycle of the loop. Can I just Power off the server while it's reverting changes ?
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by:m3mph1s1
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While you can power off the server while it is reverting changes you need to be aware of the potential problems that could/may arise.  After you reboot press F8 and select last known good configuration.  Then you will want to uninstall the updates that were installed.
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by:stebyshe
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I have checked the CBS logfile.
It says:
2013-05-22 15:23:51, Info                  CBS    Doqe: Enabling Device installs
2013-05-22 15:23:51, Info                  CBS    Doqe: Waiting for device installs to complete.

And then It waits for 3 hours.... and say:

2013-05-22 18:23:53, Info                  CBS    Startup: Timed out waiting for startup processing to Complete

Then it runs a reboot
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any errors flagged?  event IDs that go with them?
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After a long while, the server finally prompted me to log in...
After that it looks ok again.
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