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Took over a small sbs 2008 office.

Client told me backups were being carried out. I presumed it was a windows image back up. It was a mozy backup

Server reboots, looks like windows is corrupt. I can get into a command prompt and see all the files.  I can even get into directory services restore and log in there through the gui

But I am lost as to how to repair the server so it it boots normally. There is no backup image. Any help would be great
I don't want to have to wipe the server and restore every thing from scratch if possible :(
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What is the error message? Did you try to get into safe mode?
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No error message. Loops on safe mode.  Only way I can get in via a GUI is through the directory restore option   That however doesn't load any of the ad or exchange
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You say there is no backup image, is Mozy not working? It sounds like you need to restore from backup.

Can you boot from the SBS 2008 DVD and do a repair?
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mozy got the active directory and exchange I have access to those. and I can log into the system using the directory restore option and so i have started a manual backup of the data folders there.  

I will try a dvd repair as soon as its finished transferring that data to the external harddrive.
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Are you able to boot and press F8 for disable error and reboot to see the error message or get the error dump file under c:\ windows \ minidump
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the only option that the dvd gives is a fresh install.  I am frustrated because I can get into the server using the directory restore mode from f8.  I get no error messages at all, the system just reboots.

I am wondering if I can do a SFC ?
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sfc didnt do anything etiher.. system starts to load windows and then reboots...
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Do you have the dump file?
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see attached
CBS.log
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Not the sfc scan log.....

Do you see a dump file under c:\windows\minidump
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You system is not booting sfc is not going to fix that problem in most cases.

Try to do a disk check by using the command below

Chkdsk c: /f /r
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sorry, it kept rebooting so a clean install was called for :(.. now if i can remount the edb files i have backed up.
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That sucks.... chkdsk would probably have fixed this.
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