SBS2011 no desktop after restore

We used the SBS2011 built in back up to make a restore image, to make sure it would work in an emergency I tried restore: CD and repair option this seemed to go OK with no errors except when I logged in the SBS console screen was up but the desktop was empty not even the task bar.

Has anyone else had this?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
that means that explorer didn't start.. ctrl-alt-del to being up the task manager and then file run explorer.
if explorer starts fine then check the registry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell  and the value should be REG_SZ explorer.exe
PHBSupportAuthor Commented:
Hi David

Explorer was running, by accident we found a "fix".
Because this was a sandbox restore we didn't connect the network cable in case we had a conflict with the existing server, we setup a VLAN plugged in the network cable and after a reboot everything was good. Not sure why SBS does this, but when we have tried the same thing with 2008r2 it is fine without the network being connected.
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Can't find the resource right now, but in the Technet library on SBS it spells out that SBS box must have an active network connection during installation, so makes sense for restore as well

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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
Cris is correct on this.  SBS won't open Explorer when there is no network connection.  I'd be interested in knowing why if the Technet article can be located.
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
"Windows SBS 2011 Standard requires that you connect the server to the Internet."
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