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Hi all,

I've got a SBS 2008 SERVER which is restarting at 12:13:14am everyday. The problem can be replicated by changing the time forward.

Event viewer log:

The process C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe (SERVER) has initiated the restart of computer SERVER on behalf of user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM for the following reason: No title for this reason could be found
 Reason Code: 0x800000ff
 Shutdown Type: restart


MBAM, MSERT, ESET Online Scanners have brought no results.

Is there a tool which I can use to monitor what, who and where this process is getting executed from?
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by:pablito70
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Did umyou check if the antivirus is configured for restarting after update?

In addition to you can check:

- On scheduled tasks
- If there is a setting to autorestart in case the treshold of trmperature of CPU or similar is configured

Hth
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Check through your scheduled tasks.
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by:CBM Corporate
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Nothing in the scheduled tasks.
Nothing in the SQL scripts

The fact it can be replicated by changing the server time to 12:13:00 and it reboots systematically at 12:13:14 AM clearly indicates it is local, at it is scripted.

My question is around finding who, what, where, is running SHUTDOWN.exe process ? I can't find any way to enable deeper logging or auditing.
Any third party tool ?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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There are no other event log entries that seem odd?  A Service could have been configured to reboot the server if it fails.  You won't be able to tell WHO unless there's an account (other than system) associated with it (hopefully, you don't share one admin account amongst all admins) or someone actually noted it was them.
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by:pablito70
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Are you configured automatic updates on the server or is part of WSUS system ?

The account claiming shutdown it is local system account so its seems really a win service scheduled.

Try to check on task manager if you see some processes that norma shouldn't be there.

Use systernal psexplorer for details.

Hth
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Hi guys

I think a malware infected the machine before.
I applied all the windows updates that is possible and it seems to have fixed itself.
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