Solved

How to rebuiled Windows Server 2008r2

Posted on 2014-01-22
6
281 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-28
Hello Experts,

I have a production server running Windows server 2008r2.  It is randomly rebooting and reports errors that cannot be fixed via "sfc /scannow".  I also cannot install some software to determine if it is a hardware issue.  I worked with the hardware manufacturer to install the software and they believe that I have an OS problem, I agree.

When it reboots it goes through a dump process and gives me the BSOD but eventually restarts (it takes about 20 minutes).

I want to "reinstall" Windows 2008r2 without having to reinstall any of the software or any security permissions on folders.

This system is NOT a domain controller.  It is a file server, database server and terminal server.

I found an article  on technet to use the Windows CD and reinstall.

Has anyone done this where they know this will work without risking having to load everything else?

Any advise would be appreciated.  

I
0
Comment
Question by:tucktech
6 Comments
 
LVL 35

Assisted Solution

by:Joseph Daly
Joseph Daly earned 225 total points
ID: 39800159
In my experience this will not work without causing a whole host of other problems. You may get the OS back on there but you will be missing a bunch of files, configurations, etc that you will have to repair. You may even end up in a worse situation than you are now.

If I were in your shoes I would not be so fast to attempt a reload of the OS. I would work through the case with the support and if necessary spend the 250 dollars to get MS support involved. MS support can be a long process but they usually will come up with the solution.
0
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
tsaico earned 275 total points
ID: 39800173
Re-install no longer works the same way as it did in the XP days, so there is no file copy method anymore.

How are the drives configured? If they have different partitions for the data and profiles, then you can keep those out of the mix, re-install windows, install roles, then copy this back after people log back in (the SSID are no longer going to match, so you will need to write a batch to robocopy back at the file level.)

You can also just try repair boot files off the CD.  Not quite
a re-install.  I have have mixed results with this, where usually it doesn't work, but in a handful of times, it kept me from having to re-do all the apps and services again.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/cd3d665f-3d95-4617-946d-55d8c03448fe/windows-server-2008-repair-install?forum=winserversetup

If that doesn't work, then you are going to have to roll back to a backup or do a fresh install completely, simply overwriting the original install isn't going to help you.
0
 

Author Comment

by:tucktech
ID: 39800470
Ok.... based on the input I believe the best way will be to start fresh.  Is there an easy way to keep file permissions or at least an easy way to document what they are?

Also, the applications are on the c partition and the data is on the E and F.
0
NAS Cloud Backup Strategies

This article explains backup scenarios when using network storage. We review the so-called “3-2-1 strategy” and summarize the methods you can use to send NAS data to the cloud

 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 39800940
If the server is a member of the domain, the permissions should be preserved on the other drive letters for all domain users.
0
 

Author Comment

by:tucktech
ID: 39806495
Hello Lee, so if I have a directory e:\data shared to "domain users" on this system and I wipe out the c partition and rebuild windows the network for this will remember the share and security of this shared location for "\\server\data"?
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:tucktech
ID: 39816367
rebuilt server, it was a long process but I think in the end it will be better than prolonging a rebuild and having users annoyed along the way.
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
system state backup 1 31
Undo a Print Server Setup 5 73
No sign of locked-out users in Event Log 2 32
DFS Replication in Another Domain 3 41
To effectively work with Diskpart on a Server Core, it is necessary to write some small batch script's, because you can't execute diskpart in a remote powershell session. To get startet, place the Diskpart batch script's into a share on your loca…
Scenario:  You do full backups to a internal hard drive in either product (SBS or Server 2008).  All goes well for a very long time.  One day, backups begin to fail with a message that the disk is full.  Your disk contains many, many more backups th…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

23 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now