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Windows 2008 R2 server cannot login.

My SCCM server in the midst of deploying new clients when it started behaving strangely.  Deployments started failing and progressively the server operations degraded and Windows Explorer stopped working.

After a reboot, a domain user cannot login, all that is shown on screen is “Connecting to User Profile service”.  Local administrator was able to login though. A quick check with noodles, reveal a possible problem with profiles, 959125 but that is for Vista and Windows 2008 SP1.  Mine is Windows 2008 R2.

Using the local admin account on the KVM, I noticed that there are several other  things that are not working right, “Network and Sharing Center” windows does not get populated and there is red X on it.  Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer don’t launch.  This does not look like a problem with Profiles.  Event Viewer reveals that the COM+ service and VSS is not running properly.

There is this mysterious Event ID 4609 about a program failing to run

The COM+ Event System detected a bad return code during its internal processing. HRESULT was 80070005 from line 200 of d:\w7rtm\com\complus\src\events\tier2\service.cpp. This warning may be expected if the computer is low on resources. If the computer is not low on resources, and these warnings persist, it may indicate a problem in the COM+ Event System.

VSS error 8193

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine IEventSystem::Store. hr = 0x80010108, The object invoked has disconnected from its clients

The strange thing is that from the outside, everything is working.  Shares can be connected, Computer Management works etc.

I have thought it was due to IPv6 protocol was disabled after spending an hour struggling with blank “Network and Sharing” window, I managed to get to Network properties, all protocols enabled.

This is now getting urgent due to other factors.  I googled on the “D:\…..” error and found a fix from Alaska Admin.  This involves replacement of the security keys in OLE.  What keys?  Launch control. Possibly for COM+ Event!  Backup and replaced the keys from another working server.  Thereafter it literally woke up.

If you do not have a healthy Windows 2008 server to copy the keys from, create a virtual server.  The keys are not tied to the hardware and will work across different servers.

Eventid  AlaskaAdmin ( possibly dead link). Use this


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2 thoughts on “Windows 2008 R2 server cannot login.

    1. AL Post author

      Hi, The blog seems to be disabled or removed. I have updated with another link. Briefly, go to another Windows 2008 server of equivalent installation and roles. Backup and restore the OLE keys.

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