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Upgrade Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller  to 2012R2 Failed Locked Out and Stuck!

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Before installing the trial 2012 the compatibility check passed the hardware so I proceeded after performing the AD upgrade steps.
After 2012 Installed I had no way to login because the Chipset / USB 3.0 drivers failed. I quickly found that I could RDP into it and combed through the internet and found the closest (or so I thought) set of Intel drivers I could. They installed but no change so I figured I would reboot. Thats when I got the blue screen AD error 0xc00002e2 .
I followed this link (comments under) http://www.tbngconsulting.com/blog/bid/385396/9-steps-to-correcting-a-Windows-Server-2012-0xc00002e2-Error
and after several tries I was able to bring it back up. The problem is that now I still have no USB and no RDPP login rights (since AD is now disabled) to the local machine to even have a chance at fixing this. This AD has been in place for so long that I'm not sure of the local login credentials but when I try using APLUSSERVER-1\Administrator and any of my passwords I get "Welcome" followed by "there are no logon servers available to service your logon request"

Any suggestions on how to login and where to find the correct USB drivers so that I can login at the machine?

Asus P8z68-V LX board with I7
Worst case if this is a wash I was running Windows Server Backup and I could start from the 2008R2 USB and try to repair with backup if thats even possible at this point but I would really like to make this work if at all possible.

UPDATE:
I was able to login through Computer/Manage on my W7 machine then Connect to Computer and played with useres and groups which eventually go me in.

 Now for the problem.... NO usb, and now no DC
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by:Davis McCarn
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Have you tried moving the mouse and keyboard to USB 2 ports?  (There are 4 on the back and 8 on connectors in the middle according to ASUS)
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by:A_AmericanELectric
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Yes. I tried them all including the ones on the front of my rackmount case that plug into one of the 5 pin ports on the board. Nothing. I saw an article about rewriting the INF file to attend the lines of code to say win7 =  NT.. But not sure
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You do know that ASUS offers no server drivers for that board, don't you?
Try the Win7 64 bit ones from this page: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z68V_LX/HelpDesk_Download/
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Message Does not support this OS: WNT_6.31_64

unfortunately I do now. I plan to replace the board with a different ASUS dual processor that does support server 2014 unless you know of a better afordable option
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by:Davis McCarn
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Personally, for numerous reasons, ASUS is on a very short list of I won't ever buy anything they make!
Gigabyte is #1 and many others are acceptable; but ASUS is off the list and I've been fixing these things for over 37 years.
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I like my AMD asus FX board. I build my PCs out of Tiger Direct and they walke you straight to Asus but come to think of it you are right. It has been a pain in the but!!
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Not to get too far off topic (and I hope we can find a working driver) but I'm prepared to amazon a Gigabyte or Intel mobo and was wondering what you might recomend for a reasonable price. My new rack case is a 2U ATX form factor with 6 hot swap drive bays. The crappy Asus board is running 20GB of DDR3 and a RAID5 on the to 6Gb/s Sata plugs. I would like to have more 6.0 sata plugs  and the ability to have "switching memory???" for servers.
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by:Davis McCarn
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Try this for the chipset: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=20775
Are you planning to reuse the CPU and memory?
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by:A_AmericanELectric
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just got in but yes. I will try drivers now.

 Here is what I'm looking at:
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK Black Edition Motherboard
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No Luck

usbDrvr.PNG
I have the install log if that helps
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I'm going to try a reboot
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I can see certain  hardware and RAID etc. not being not being compatible with Windows 2012 R2 (I really cant) but something so basic as USB... I mean even the BIOS has a native driver for it so why cant Microsoft?
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That Gigabyte board also has no Server drivers and I think you better scour the HCL:  http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/

Here though is how to install Windows 8 drivers: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/emberger/archive/2014/04/21/windows-server-2012-r2-install-unsigned-drivers.aspx
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Morning. What do you mean by scour?

I guess I need to Google server 2012 r2 motherboards
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the problem that I have with that is that he time I have to reboot I have to select directory services repair mode so I can select the driver enforcement Option
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That one does have Server 2012 drivers listed: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4729#dl
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Yes but according to the link you sent they don't have any for R2
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Davis McCarn earned 500 total points
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Go to the server catalog ( http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/ ), click the hardware link for server 2012 R2, then click the more listed in the vendor box.  GigaByte has 6 approved products and SuperMicro has 223 (they're another good manufacturer)
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by:A_AmericanELectric
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Here is what I went with. I hope I got it right.

Supermicro ATX DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboards X10SAE-O
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I'm also thinking of purchasing this:
Intel Xeon E3-1245V3 Haswell 3.4GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80646E31245V3
XEON processor in case my 2nd Gen I5 doesn't crross. Is it pretty good?

Sorry I dont mean to hold this thread hostage Davis. Which post really answers the quistion? "Server 2012 does not support this Asus board..."?
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That board ought to do just fine and Xeon's are Intel's server CPU's.

You'lda thunk M$ might have warned you that the stuff would hit the fan; but, I guess they thought you would check beforehand.....

The real truth is that if we disable driver signing, the ASUS board could be forced to run 2012 albeit in a very scary way!
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Yes we can disable signature but only after I correct  directory services repair mode because I can only choose 1 at reboot.
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But that board and CPU definitely do bolt up right? I imagine I'll see a huge hyper v performance boost over the gen2 I5
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The odds are that the board will have the same mounting; but, even if slightly different, its been decades since I saw a chassis where you couldn't move the standoffs.
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Hi Davis. I'm now on the supermicro X10-SAE board snd I've installed all the drivers I could from thier site but I still have the following items that need attention in device manager-other devices:

pci data acquisition
pci serial port
pci simple communications controller
sm bus controller
unknown device
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The key to finding drivers is to go to the details tab, inspect the hardware id values, and search for it; but, watch out for driver slimer websites.
They should all be here: http://www.supermicro.com/support/index.cfm
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Details tab on the device's property in device manager?
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Yes; they should look something like this:
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_8CC4&SUBSYS_78501462&REV_00
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