Lately when setting up a new server or updating a production server that has been up for a few months we have been seeing the following:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Configuring Windows updates
Do not turn off your computer.
What we have discovered is that after waiting five minutes we can CTRL+ALT+DLT and the log on screen will show up. Sometimes it may take 10, 20, or even 30 minutes or more before we see the log on screen but it does eventually come up.
For whatever reason though the server can be left all to itself in the above state and stay there until we hit the keys.
This is our first step now before running into the update recovery steps that may be required if this does not work.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book