No response to ctrl-alt-del

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  1. dan

    dan Guest

    The computer is a Windows 2003 Server, Standard, SP2, configured as
    file/print server on the domain. A couple of days ago, the server stopped
    responding to ctrl-alt-del to unlock the server, and remote access stopped
    working also. I feel like the problem has to do with too many terminal
    services sessions in use or something related to that, but I thought a
    reboot would clear that up. It didn't. After reboot, I'm back in the
    situation where I can't remote access the server (either on the lan or over
    the internet via RDP) and it will not respond to ctrl-alt-del. I'm obviously
    going to have to reboot again, but when I do, any thoughts on how I can
    troubleshoot this problem? Thanks.
    dan, Oct 3, 2008
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  2. "dan" <dan(remove)@westerveltconsulting.com> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > The computer is a Windows 2003 Server, Standard, SP2, configured as
    > file/print server on the domain. A couple of days ago, the server stopped
    > responding to ctrl-alt-del to unlock the server, and remote access stopped
    > working also. I feel like the problem has to do with too many terminal
    > services sessions in use or something related to that, but I thought a
    > reboot would clear that up. It didn't. After reboot, I'm back in the
    > situation where I can't remote access the server (either on the lan or
    > over the internet via RDP) and it will not respond to ctrl-alt-del. I'm
    > obviously going to have to reboot again, but when I do, any thoughts on
    > how I can troubleshoot this problem? Thanks.


    You may have to perform a System State restore from your most recent backup.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Oct 3, 2008
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  3. dan

    dan Guest

    "Pegasus (MVP)" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "dan" <dan(remove)@westerveltconsulting.com> wrote in message
    > news:%...
    >> The computer is a Windows 2003 Server, Standard, SP2, configured as
    >> file/print server on the domain. A couple of days ago, the server stopped
    >> responding to ctrl-alt-del to unlock the server, and remote access
    >> stopped working also. I feel like the problem has to do with too many
    >> terminal services sessions in use or something related to that, but I
    >> thought a reboot would clear that up. It didn't. After reboot, I'm back
    >> in the situation where I can't remote access the server (either on the
    >> lan or over the internet via RDP) and it will not respond to
    >> ctrl-alt-del. I'm obviously going to have to reboot again, but when I do,
    >> any thoughts on how I can troubleshoot this problem? Thanks.

    >
    > You may have to perform a System State restore from your most recent
    > backup.
    >

    Wow, didn't think the problem was that serious. So now my question is, won't
    my most recent system state backup reflect the erroneous settings, and
    therefore not help when I restore it?
    dan, Oct 3, 2008
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  4. "dan" <dan(remove)@westerveltconsulting.com> wrote in message
    news:ekNws%...
    >
    > "Pegasus (MVP)" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>
    >> "dan" <dan(remove)@westerveltconsulting.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%...
    >>> The computer is a Windows 2003 Server, Standard, SP2, configured as
    >>> file/print server on the domain. A couple of days ago, the server
    >>> stopped responding to ctrl-alt-del to unlock the server, and remote
    >>> access stopped working also. I feel like the problem has to do with too
    >>> many terminal services sessions in use or something related to that, but
    >>> I thought a reboot would clear that up. It didn't. After reboot, I'm
    >>> back in the situation where I can't remote access the server (either on
    >>> the lan or over the internet via RDP) and it will not respond to
    >>> ctrl-alt-del. I'm obviously going to have to reboot again, but when I
    >>> do, any thoughts on how I can troubleshoot this problem? Thanks.

    >>
    >> You may have to perform a System State restore from your most recent
    >> backup.
    >>

    > Wow, didn't think the problem was that serious. So now my question is,
    > won't my most recent system state backup reflect the erroneous settings,
    > and therefore not help when I restore it?


    If this is an easy question to answer then you'll get lots of replies. If it
    is not then you may need a sledge-hammer solution in the form of a System
    Restore. Of course you must select a backup that was taken before the
    problem occurred!
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Oct 3, 2008
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  5. dan

    dan Guest

    In case anyone googles this in the future, a second reboot finally solved
    this.

    "dan" <dan(remove)@westerveltconsulting.com> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > The computer is a Windows 2003 Server, Standard, SP2, configured as
    > file/print server on the domain. A couple of days ago, the server stopped
    > responding to ctrl-alt-del to unlock the server, and remote access stopped
    > working also. I feel like the problem has to do with too many terminal
    > services sessions in use or something related to that, but I thought a
    > reboot would clear that up. It didn't. After reboot, I'm back in the
    > situation where I can't remote access the server (either on the lan or
    > over the internet via RDP) and it will not respond to ctrl-alt-del. I'm
    > obviously going to have to reboot again, but when I do, any thoughts on
    > how I can troubleshoot this problem? Thanks.
    >
    dan, Oct 12, 2008
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