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Windows 2012 fresh installation crashed!

Posted on 2016-09-28
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I have a brand new ML30 Gen9, on which I installed Server 2012 R2, AD, etc, and all is fine.

Over night, the computer restarted, and when it starts booting windows it just crashes and restarts. I can't see what is the error.

It looks like drives don't work.

When I tried to restore it, it said "The Drive Where Windows is Installed is Locked".

Any ideas what to try?
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by:John Tsioumpris
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Before consider reinstalling the OS you should perform all available hardwares tests... memory-hdd...etc
I am familiar with other server brands but i am pretty sure that HP has a good set of tools to check your hardware condition....
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by:mrmut
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Checked everything, all fine. RAID fine. Memory fine. :(

I even tried booting from only one drive (Mirror), and nothing. It cant find the boot partition.

Run the drive in another PC and everything is there. - Any way to fix that manually on another drive?
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by:Davy Paridaens
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Can you check the blue screen dump with the bluescreen viewer from Nirsoft?
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

Post screenshots here so we can take a look what is cousing the crash.
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by:Maclean
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Is this a secondary drive? If yes, shut down, remove drive, start computer, shut down again, reconnect drive, and it should show.
Some random rare bug with Win 8.1/ server 2012

Some more suggestions here too. I recall having had to use this solution as well a year or so ago on 2012.
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by:Jatin Mehra
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try this : pulled the data drives and booted just with the OS drive. allowed the RAID controller to think the data drives had failed.
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by:mrmut
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just trying suggested solutions; some of the stuff I did try is just booting system drive, removing everything except one mirror drive, etc. It still doesn't work.

Worst part is that no recovery options work either. Tried both booting from DVD and integrated tools
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by:mrmut
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In the end I reinstalled the server.

And I found the culprit, I think: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2966870

There is no other rational explanation, there was literally no reason for a freshly installed server to crash. I checked all of the firmware and drivers, and everything was running on latest versions.

I haven't installed any update now, only the base system, domain, shares, etc. Will backup, and than install rollup by rollup to be safe.
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The culprit was not the update. It was conflict between BitDefender Endpoint Protection and NIC. One needs to make installer with everythign off except ATV and file scanner.
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I found the problem
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