Re: Network Drivers Failed, system won't work outside of DSRM mode.

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Can you do a system state restore from a backup?

Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003
(see: "To restore the server from backup media")

Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]

"Matthew M." <MatthewM@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Last night I got the brilliant idea to update the NIC drivers on a SBS
server, the install for the drivers went fine, the system said it needed
reboot to complete the load of said drivers. We rebooted the machine and
failures across the board have been happening since. I cannot get back
the machine outside of DSRM mode, but I can't install or changes the bad
drivers in DSRM mode.

8 Hours now I'm at a total loss as to how to start to fix this barring a
format and restore to backups. Any attempt to install/change the bad nic
driver in DSRM mode I'm met with "Access Denied", "The system cannot find
file specified" etc. etc.

I have tried a few times using the last known good configuration, no luck.
I'm not able to get the MS Loopback adapter installed to work around the
issue because of the above reasons.

Where I stand right now, system will boot and is at least able to be
accessed using DSRM, any attempt to boot windows normally results in the
system hanging as all the services fail and I cannot actually get to the
control panel to change the driver.

I'm really at a complete loss, the fix seems pretty easy, install network
drivers. I can't get to a place where I can install the network drivers.

Has anyone seen this before? Am I missing something? Is my only option at
this point to reinstal and recover?


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