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    URGENT - 2008 R2 TS Server hangs on applying computer settings!

    Hi

    I'm having a nightmare this morning - my Terminal Sevrer is having a fit this morning and I'm about ready to smash it to pieces.

    This morning people came to report that they couldn't logon to the Terminal Server, some had got on, a lot were stuck on applying policies or even trying to connect so thought I would just restart it. I couldn't logon locally to the server and initiaiting a remote shutdown still hadn't started to shut down after 5 minutes so hard rebooted it.

    Now it sits on Applying Computer Settings for ages and I can't ping it for about 20 minutes and then I still can't log on to it (when I connect to the admin console remotely it says please wait for the Group Policy Client). I'm still after half an hour unable to logon to the server so have restarted it again.

    Help point me on how to fix it? please???

    No policies were changed yesterday, no new drivers were installed. The only thing that was changed was a new printer policy applied on Wednesday but it's worked fine on Wednesday afternoon and all day yesterday.

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    First off remove the printer policy you applied on Wednesday and see what happens.

    Are you using "mstsc /admin" to remote to it?

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    I've disabled the policy that was applied (which was why I restarted again) but it's still sat at applying computer settings.

    I am using mstsc /admin to remote to it (and is where I get the Please wait for the Group Policy Client)

    Managed to connect remotely to the event log and and all that is out of place is probably critical line:

    The winlogon notification subscriber <GPClient> is taking long time to handle the notification event (CreateSession).

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    Can you remotely load the registry?

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    Yes, can connect to that.

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    Also what happens when you try to log in with a local admin account?

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    I can't logon at all to the machine, on the local console all I get is applying computer settings.

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    Remove the ethernet cable and try a local login.

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    Just unplugged the network cable and the login screen is available almost instantly after anther hard reboot and has let me login locally without a problem.
    Last edited by Cache; 4th November 2011 at 12:20 PM.

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    Brill, now you have a few things to troubleshoot.

    DHCP -> DNS -> GPO

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    Right, I'm confused.

    Network Connections isn't loading up so I can't check the static ip settings (but they shouldn't have changed).

    When I try and load the Broadcom Management Interface it says it can't load because the Service Manager is locked.

    I eventually found this Windows Server 2008 computers hang during startup while "applying computer settings" and services configured to start automatically fail to start which seemed to match up but doesn't seem to have made any difference.

    So although I can logon locally to the machine, I'm not sure where else to go to try and find out when the network is connected it suddenly grinds to a halt and refuses to work.

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    I had this problem on my terminal server. Surprisingly checkdisk actually fixed it.

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    Sounds like a problem with your network card then.

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    i would say the network card too, what happens when you log in and then plug the cable back in? does it pull in an IP address?

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    Out of interest is this on dell hardware?

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