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“No logon servers are available” error after installing updates (SBS2008)

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was doing maintenance on a Windows Small Business Server 2008, the Windows Update patches installed successfully and the restart button was pushed. And then the problems started.. Server rebooted and had problems starting several services such as Active Directory Domain Services, DNS, Exchange, Cetificates and several more. Trying to logon to the server with my Domain Admin credentials gave me this error message: sbs_2008

The same error message came when I tried to logon to other servers in the domain. So what does the trick to fix this?

1. Logon to the server with the local administrator username and password (hit “.\administrator”, in username field to force the logon with local admin)
2. when logged into the server, check that services that supposed to be started are started. — as you noted when you did the logon, you got into safe mode…  strange? yes..
3. So, hit the “WIN + R” and type “MSCONFIG” 4. navigate to the “Boot” menu, and remove the “Safe boot – Boot options” hit Apply and restart your server.
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5. Give the server some time to startup again and test the logon with an “domain admin” account   Worked for me 🙂  

SCCM – Exclude updates


Sometimes (not often i hope) you want to exclude updates for somehow that you are deploying to all your computers with System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
The excluding of Windows updates can be done with some few steps.

So this is how you do it:

1. Start with creating av “excluded updates” folder under “Software Library -> Software Updates -> All Software Updates”
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2. Move updates that you want to exclude into this folder (right click and “move”)
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3. Navigate to your moved updated and right click it then go to “Properties” and in the pane “Custom Severity” choose “Low”
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4. Navigate to your “Automatic Deployment Rule” and edit your rule so that you only distribute updates that are marked as “None” in Custom Severity
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With this the next time the ADR is running it will distribute only the updates that does not have any “Custom Severity” defined on them, all updates that are to be distributed every month comes with none custom severity and therefore you will not send out the one that you change severity of.

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