Server 2012 R2 stuck on please wait for group policy client

We have a server that regardless of how many times it's rebooted will always get stuck on login with the 'please wait for group policy client' dns addresses are correct for this server. the only time it's able to login is during bootup to safemode.

the server is a VM.
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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Before getting you to do lots of trawling through logs, it would be worth taking the server off your Active Directory and re-joining it. Just add it to a workgroup, reboot, then re-join to your AD and reboot again.
masteritlionAuthor Commented:
The server in question is an Exchange Server. would it be fine to do so?
as well, is disjoining from AD possible in Safe Mode? since that's the only way i'm able to actually log-on to the server.
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Probably not for an Exchange server :-)
Time to look in the logs - check the event logs for errors/warnings
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
As I said the last time you posted this question, I think you are on your way to solving the problem if safe mode solves the issue. Next steps is to use System Configuration Editor to go through and disable all the non-microsoft services. If you have an anti-virus I would start with that.

It may not actually be stuck on anything to do with group policy, that just may be the last message on the screen.
masteritlionAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the late reply,

i'll definetly try that out and let you know.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Since you mentioned in another question that the problem was the anti-virus, would that be the appropriate solution here as well?

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masteritlionAuthor Commented:
correct that seems to have been the issue. the av seems to have updated its policy incorrectly from the policy server.

Thank you for the outside insight!
masteritlionAuthor Commented:
helped to see the issue from an outside perspective.
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