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I have Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter installed on my server (sig rig) and I've been having issues recently with it just randomly locking up - Anything that's plugged in via USB doesn't work, and all the services stop completely on it, like IIS, DNS, etc. Yet it still runs which confuses me because I check on it now and then to make sure it's running, but that's not always the case..

Only things that have been changed since it previously worked are:

I have a 4GB module of RAM that I put in it (same type of RAM that's installed) but it wouldn't POST with it for some reason, so I took it out, and a few days later, I put it back it to check, and it POSTed and booted fine.

I just got an Intel 10/100/1000 Pci-e NIC, it's been working great so far, no problems.

I installed Hyper-V to see if I could virtualize some of the services on the physical server (like DNS, Web, MySql, etc). I can't say I've had issues with it, but it's really the last thing I changed before all of the mayhem that's been going on with the server.

This server is just being used for hosting 2 very light traffic websites, and their DNS. Theres no load issues or anything like that, and the hardware is in good condition. It's very critical that the two sites are online 24/7, however.

Anyone have any ideas on this issue?

Edit: I've been looking into Linux alternatives, like Debian or Ubuntu. Not sure if that'd be a good idea or not, but consistency and reliability is an absolute must for this server.

Some other information that may help:

It's running off a Cisco SF 100-16 Small Business 16 port switch
It's on an APC Back-Ups XS 1500 UPS
It's patched in from the Dmarc on a Trendnet TC-P16C53 patch panel

And the rest is in the sig rig
Edited by ZFedora - 11/5/11 at 6:29pm
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Hi there,

You mentioned that the system refused to POST after installing a 4GB module, but then later worked fine. Have you tried running something such as Memtest86+ on that particular module? Bad RAM can lead to all sorts of weird activity within a system.

Was the system still experiencing these issues before the RAM was installed?

Has the system blue screened at all?

I would do the following first.

1. Perform a backup of the OS, including the System State
2. Ensure all your device drivers are up to date
3. Ensure Windows is fully patched and up to date
4. Run Memtest86+ on the recently installed 4GB module

You also mentioned that services such as DNS, IIS ect. were randomly stopping. What sort of errors are you getting when they stop? Is there any information within Event Viewer?


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You seem like a brainy guy, but still make sure that you have all drivers/ patches/ upgrades installed.
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