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Server 2008 R2 won't finish login process after being promoted to Domain Controller

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Have a 2003 Domain.  Setup a 2008R2 Server and joined it to the domain, then did dcpromo, after updating the schema to support 2008 R2.  DCPromo ran fine, went to reboot and came back up ready to login.  I log in and it comes to a blank blue screen, can't actually do anything.   I can reboot into safe mode, works fine, back to normal, no luck.  So I decided to build up another VM and try again.   Same process, same result...   No matter what I try, the servers will not log into a usable desktop.  No errors in the event log.   The 2003 R2 Domain controller is able to log in just fine.   Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance!
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Use following commands on the 2003R2 DC before running dcpromo on 2008R2 server

Net localgroup Users Interactive /add
Net localgroup Users "Authenticated Users" /add
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by:Network Zero
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In safe mode run SFC /scannow in admin mode

before running dc promo.

did you run? adprep /forestprep    and adprep /domainprep
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by:Ajay Kumar Burra
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Did you check both physical as well as Virtual? While adding 2008 server to the Domain, you have to check the compatibility issue by selecting the option for supporting windows 2003. If you did, its fine and other factor was that with VM display compatibility. Which version of VM are u using? Check the hardware settings at the VM. Might be a Graphical User interface Issue which may not compatible to 2008. Try to update VMWare Tools once, might this help you from graphical point of View. One more thing is that 2008 R2 is a 64 bit OS and require minimum 2 GB Ram, Might be you have lac of RAM or your physical Hardware doesn't support. When coming to safe mode it uses min version of Display.  SO check all these things if possible share the error screen shots.
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by:digital0g1c
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Running Net localgroup Users Interactive /add and Net localgroup Users "Authenticated Users" /add  fixed it!  Thank you!
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That did it!
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