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I have working on my server --- doing some backup work.  I noticed that server was reacting slowly for some unknown reason.  Working on a company network with 20 or so server and they use A/D and GPO's.  

Once I restarted my server --- and logged in ( I had NO icons and NO task bar) ::  in the very bottom left corner of the screen --  I see the message that my version of 2008 Enterprise IS NOT Valid.   I know for a fact that I used the authorized version and activate the license some 18 months ago.   I have never saw this message before.    The server was very slow to restart --  indicating that "group policy client services" were updating.  

When I attempted to perform "gpresult" to a file to look at the group policies that my server is receiving "I received an error --  stating ACCESS Denied".    I can no longer access anything and before rebooting the server,   I was having problems changing passwords for a backup service account  --- the services would not restart.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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which licensing model?  what happens if you from an admin command prompt
slmgr.vbs -dlv
 check the license status
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There isn't a taskbar, no access to menu's,  when I do a (ctl-alt, delete) only those four options  (but the screens is completely BLUE ..... other than my mouse moving around......  and the small message in the bottom left hand corner.
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by:nobus
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check also your date and time - a low bios battery can cause it also !
it should read 3V if it is the common CR2032 type
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I am unable to see anything on the screen other than ((my mouse moving around)  and in the very right hand (looking at the screen) -   a one liner about the O/S  and then another line stating " Build 7601 and "The windows version is not activated.       I have been using this server for over 1year without problems

Not as for a low  BIOS  battery ..... I have never heard that.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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why don't you restore from a a backup? Quit playing around and bite the bullet
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by:nobus
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>>  Not as for a low  BIOS  battery ..... I have never heard that.   <<  i did - why don't you check it?
then you're sure of one thing

info : if the bios resets the date to 2000 - your oS is probably considered illegel, because of non-existent
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I chk the BIOS setting.    I had to reload the machine ---  depressing.
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by:nobus
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not sure what your results were :" I chk the BIOS setting.    I had to reload the machine "
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Resolution -- had to reload  -  that really set me back
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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