Plugged in SCSI cable attached to tape-drive cluster, rebooted, now Windows won't boot. Server 2008 R2
Posted on 2016-08-30
We were originally running Symantec Mob Exec 2010 R3 on an older HP server, installed new SCSI card in newer server, acquired SCSI adapter cable, plugged in tape-drive cluster, did not recognize, got some advice, realized I need to reboot. From RDP I hit restart. I noticed after 5-10 minutes I still couldn't RDP back in, pulled up KVM and it's on "STARTING WINDOWS . . ." with the old Vista green bars loading across the bottom. Waited 15 more minutes, still there. I did what goes against every grain of my being and power cycled the server since I didn't believe it would come up. Since then I attempted to run "startup repair" which also hangs at the same "starting windows" logo. I put a 2008 R2 disc in, booted to repair options, opened CMD -- Ran bootrec.exe /fixmbr, /fixboot, and /rebuildbcd. rebuildbcd found 0 windows installations(not a good sign from my previous experiences). I tried to run sfc and chkdsk which you apparently can't do in recovery environment. I have also since disconnected the SCSI cable thinking it may be causing some boot issues. I watched the boot order last time and it goes from "Boot from CD, Boot from C:, PXEBoot" -- As if it tries to boot to the HDD but can't find a boot file, so it moves on to network boot.
Is there anything I can do to bring this server back up without having to reload from scratch? Furthermore i've been unable to find the RAID configuration in this HP ProLiant DL380 G7? I'd like to check the health of the RAID i'm trying to boot off of but I can't find anywhere to even do that. I need this server up and running by 5pm CST today.