A SBS 2008 server that I manage suddenly acts very strange. After a scheduled reboot I noticed that the server is almost unmanagable. Some services (e.g. Fax, RAS) can't be started, the services.msc is not responding (empty window, "Not responding" in the title), I can't start or shut down services using Task Manager (it tells me they're in the process of starting/shutting down but they never do). I suspect a recent Update, but since Windows Update is also a service I can't access that either to check. Same with Windows Backup. Rebooting the server also does not help (but takes forever, don't know if that was the case before). I noticed when logging off it always tells me it's installing updates (phase 3 of 3) so that's why I suspect a recent update. What's more strange is that file sharing and Exchange are working fine.

Any ideas?

  • Does your event log say anything interesting? (And if the SBS 2008 server is the only DC on the network, then yes, rebooting will take forever.) Feb 25, 2015 at 19:37
  • No, the log seems normal afaik. Atm I'm killing one service at a time to see if I can find the culprit. Slow going... Feb 25, 2015 at 19:54


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