Server in reboot loop after complete restore
After restoring a server and attempting to boot for the first time it briefly sees the Windows Server 2003 screen and reboots and the process continues. There are no errors or blue screens, it just reboots.
- Version 188.8.131.52666, also running SEP 11.0.3001.2224 with tamper protection off if that matters. Server 2003 Enterprise. This is a Domain Controller.
- Source Operating System is on a partition on a RAID 5 with 2 partitions total. Destination has the exact setup and RAID 5 configuration created in the ARRAY tools at POST.
- Doing a full independent backup from one server to another using an external drive, both are simliar, HP Proliant Servers with identical RAID 5 configurations. Prior to taking the image I did a fresh reboot of the server. I've tried this with and without "ignore bad sectors" checked.
- I read on another post you should try manually creating the partitions instead of allowing the SBE boot CD to do it for you, I've tried both ways.
- The backup starts, finishes and verifies on the source, when I deploy it to the destination it verifies, the data is there I can browse through the drive and see it after the restore, it just won't boot.
- Before restoring to the destination I've gone into the Partition Managing program in the user tools and blown out the partition using First Track Operations and Partition Table Operations and tried it. I've also tried those steps and then rebooted again and tried restoring.
- Firmware on both for everything is flashed and current. Drivers on the source and windows updates are current as well.
- I've ran multiple full CHKDSK on the source, internal HP diagnostics, the logs are clean there are no software/hardware problems that I can see. The server is up and functional, I'm just trying to test the backups. I've run RAM diagnostics on both source and destination as well.
- Very frustrated at this point as I don't have a viable image.
Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.