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Stuck on "APPLYING COMPUTER SETTINGS" after successful install of 2010 RC

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  • Can anybody help with the following scenario please?
    I've been struffling with this for 3 days now :-(
    Very frustrating becase everythig was working fine until I restarted my new 2010 server.

    1. Installed W2008 R2 on a physical server with 12 GB ram
    2. Enabled Hyper-V
    3. Created Virtual Machine running W2008 R2
    4. Successfully installed Exchange 2010 RC on virtual machine (Hub,Cas,Mbx)
    (Our org was previously 'pure' Exchange 2003)
    5. Verified Exchange working
    6. Moved 1 mailbox from Exchange 2003 to new virtual Exchange 2010 server
    7. Restarted virtual machine

    Now, whenevr I restart the virtual machine (W2008 R2, Exchange 2010 RC) it gets stuck on "APPLYING COMPUTER SETTINGS".

    If I disable the network then it proceeds OK and allows me to logon.
    If I disable the Exchange services then it proceeds OK and allows me to logon.
    If I then manually start MSExchangeADTopology, the I get 2080 events which look OK:

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        MSExchange ADAccess
    Date:          9/21/2009 4:55:11 PM
    Event ID:      2080
    Task Category: Topology
    Level:         Information
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOU-MS-0005vs.widgets.com
    Description:
    Process MAD.EXE (PID=2416). Exchange Active Directory Provider has discovered the following servers with the following characteristics:
     (Server name | Roles | Enabled | Reachability | Synchronized | GC capable | PDC | SACL right | Critical Data | Netlogon | OS Version)
    In-site:
    hou-dc-0001.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
    hou-dc-0002.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
    hou-dc-0003.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
     Out-of-site:
    cal-dc-0001.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
    cal-dc-0002.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
    uk2-dc-0001.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
    uk1-dc-0001.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1
    ele-dc-0003.widgets.com CDG 1 7 7 1 0 0 1 7 1

    *****************************************************
    **BUT The 2080 events are immediatley followed by >>
    *****************************************************
     
    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        MSExchange ADAccess
    Date:          9/21/2009 4:55:11 PM
    Event ID:      2114
    Task Category: Topology
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOU-MS-0005vs.widgets.com
    Description:
    Process MAD.EXE (PID=2416). Topology discovery failed, error 0x80040a02 (DSC_E_NO_SUITABLE_CDC). Look up the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) error code specified in the event description. To do this, use Microsoft Knowledge Base article 218185, "Microsoft LDAP Error Codes." Use the information in that article to learn more about the cause and resolution to this error. Use the Ping or PathPing command-line tools to test network connectivity to local domain controllers.


    This led me to believe it might be a problem with IPV6, so I did the following:

    1. Disabled IPV6 via the registry (TCPIP6\DsiabledComponents=0xffffffff)
    2. Unchecked IPV6 on the NIC
    3. (::1 wass already hashed out in my HOSTS file)
    4. Restarted the virtual machine again

    THIS DID NOT HELP.

    The virtual machine still hangs on "Applying Computer Settings" (unless I disable the network, or disable the Exchange services)


    Any suggestions/ideas would be GREATLY appreciated :-)

    Many thanks

    Monday, September 21, 2009 11:26 PM

Answers

  • (I removed Exchange from the 2nd vm - so that server is no longer relevant)

    But I found that the 1st server was not in the 'Exchange Domain Servers' group.
    When I added the server in 'Exchange Domain Servers' this resolved the issue where it was getting stuck on 'Applying Computer Settings'

    (I still have IPv6 disabled in the Registry.  Enabling/Disabling IPv6 did not have any impact on my problem)

    • Marked as answer by Drew-TX Friday, September 25, 2009 5:28 PM
    Friday, September 25, 2009 5:28 PM

All replies

  • Which version of W2008R2 that you used? RC or RTM?
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:30 AM
  • 1. Since you disabled IPv6 in registry, enable IPv6 in Local Area Connection.
    2. This might not help, but try renaming the windows profile folder remotely and login with fresh profile.

    Amit Tank | MVP – Exchange Server | MCITP: EMA | MCSA: M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:19 AM
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.  RTM.  6.1.7600
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:48 PM
  • I have done the following:

    1. re-enabled IPv6 on the NIC. (still disabled in the Registry).
      Still sticking on Applying Computer Settings.

    2. deleted my profile folder, restarted.
      Still sticking at Applying Computer Settings
      Note that it sticks BEFORE I get prompted to logon - so I assume that it is profile independant.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:10 PM
  • I have installed Exchange 2010 (Hub, Cas, Mbx) on a 2nd virtual machine and I'm seeing exactly the same symptoms.
    Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:10 PM
  • (I removed Exchange from the 2nd vm - so that server is no longer relevant)

    But I found that the 1st server was not in the 'Exchange Domain Servers' group.
    When I added the server in 'Exchange Domain Servers' this resolved the issue where it was getting stuck on 'Applying Computer Settings'

    (I still have IPv6 disabled in the Registry.  Enabling/Disabling IPv6 did not have any impact on my problem)

    • Marked as answer by Drew-TX Friday, September 25, 2009 5:28 PM
    Friday, September 25, 2009 5:28 PM
  • I am having this problem also.. Installed Exchange 201 on a Win2008R2 server. The difference is I do not have an 'Exchange Domain Servers' group. I do however have an 'Exchange Servers' group and it is a member of this group. I have tried all the steps suggested in this thread.
    Thursday, July 01, 2010 3:37 PM
  • For what it is worth I was having the same issue with never getting past the Applying Computer settings but I am rinning a virtual Server 2008 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. I removed all network connections and restarted and was able to get to the logon screen. I shut down and using Hyper V recreated the hardware NIC added it in with virtual network manager then restarted agan went to the network cofiguration and reconfigured the network adapter and it worked.
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:10 PM
  • Did you find a fix to your issue?
    Monday, February 28, 2011 8:08 PM
  • Drew- 

    What setting are you talking about??! 

    What machine's did you have left and where did you add that setting? 

    Yours is the closest to an answer I can find, but I can't make sense of it. 

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 1:40 AM