Windows Server 2003 locks up completely

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
About once a week my windows server 2003 locks up completely and I have to hit the power to reboot. It can happen when it is just sitting there or when I have something open, never the same program. Could this be a possible hard drive problem?

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For a starter you can read this article that explains some of the reasons. It could be but I personally do not think it is a hard drive problem. That would be low on my list of posibilities. You have not given much information to go by. You could help by reviewing the event logs, you did not tell us if you can ping the server, you did not tell us in you can do remote management on the server during these times, and you did not tell us if you can remote in from a workstation. You did not tell us the role of this server, is it a DC, file server, Exchange server, member server etc. We really need more information.

 

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  • Breadman
    We are having similar issues with our server, only the problem has been getting worse. At least once a day now the server locks up, requiring a power-down and restart. It seems to have problems restarting now as well. It takes at least 5 times of holding on the power button or sometimes unplugging the power cord. When I got in today holding in the power button didn't do anything and I had to unplug it. When it goes down for all intents and purposes the server is off. There is no network connectivity, no email, and no access to company files (Quickbooks database file, etc.).
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  • Breadman
    Here is an idea that may work. petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=42301
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  • Breadman
    Do you have an external hard drive plugged into a usb port? I tried the idea from the forum that has a link on my previous post and the server started right up. (I unplugged the backup hard drive). Anyone heard anything about usb ports causing problems?
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  • dip
    After long time i have face my windows server2003 hang problem at that time i must to restart server from cpu restart key what was reason for hang problem
     
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