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I have a 2008 Enterprise Server SP2 that is having problems that point to possible corruption.  I don't have an image based backups, only have some key data folders backed up.  This is a Terminal Server.

Seeing as there isn't an System Restore function, what is my best way to get running smoothly again? Can I do a repair install of some sort?

I have done CheckDisk /r
sfc/SCANNOW  which ends with there is data corruption that it could not repair message.
Some symptoms are
1 the printers disappeared, Print Spooler service is not working, keeps turning off
2. Can not ping by any names or surf the Net.
3. Programs aren't working properly

I scanned for Viruses and there are none!

Thanks Experts
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Hello April33,

if you have the Windows server 2008 set up dvd, you can boot from it, and run StartRep.exe from the console. Have you tried just running the installation from within Windows and selecting the upgrade option even thou is the same version of OS?

Before trying any of the above, I would run a disk diagnostic, because it could be hardware related and not just the logical volume.

I had a similar issue once, I spent several hours trying to find a work around and I ended up rebuilding the server just to find out that it was a disk issue.
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Hi,

I agree on starting out with a hard drive check.  If you can shut down the server over a weekend and do a checkdsk c: /r

You should also get a full backup going - Server 2008's built in backup system and a big external drive will do it.  
Then tackle the issues one by one - delete print queue contents "navigate to C:\windows\system32\spool\printers and delete any files in the printers folder (but NOT the printers folder itself) restart the print spool. "

Check that your DNS service is running - look for errors if you start it and it stops.
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Cesar Flores - I tried booting off the Windows Disk and running the StartRep.exe tool.  It went by in 10 seconds and said there are not any problems with the server!

Then I followed your next suggestion of doing an inline Upgrade to the same Version, 2008 Server Enterprise SP2, and it worked perfectly!!!!!  Excellent Suggestion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had to reactivate Windows and installed many updates but everything including my Terminal Server Licensing were intact.

It there a better way then checkdsk c: / for doing the diag on the Disks?  
The server is a HP Proliant ML310 with a RAID 0 (2x 72GB SAS drives).

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April33-

I am glad to hear you got it to worked. Most raid controllers have a built-in diagnostic tool, but I not really familiar with the controllers use on HP PriLiant servers. I havent had one of those in a long time.

I hope you can get it check.
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The Upgrade to itself was the solution!  It preserved the settings and fixed all the weird problem the Server was experiencing!

Thanks!
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