Unexpected Downtime

Because I was trying to install a new graphics card on my server… It BSODed at some point and damaged system files.

I’m running Server 2012 R2 Essentials, so it’s a domain controller. Somehow the file system got corrupted and prevented LSASS from loading. This is a key part of Windows and “bad things happen” if it can’t load right or is terminated.

Specifically, I was getting a “2e2” BSOD from the system. I was able to get into the “Directory Services Recovery Mode” option. This is basically a safe mode for Active Directory.

Due to a couple of issues, I suspected a disk error. I was right. Ran a chkdsk on the system and it started booting just fine!!

 

Just wanted to post this for anyone else that ran into this weird BSOD.

Author: Drashna Jael're

Drashna Jael're

2 thoughts on “Unexpected Downtime”

  1. Drashna, you heathen! The question HAS to be asked… Why did you NEED to install any graphics card in a server?

    1. For CUDA/NVENC support. Emby uses FFMPEG and uses a very CPU intensive profile, so I can only transcode stream one (maybe two) streams before it starts lagging/buffering. Unfortunately, Plex and Subsonic are much better about CPU usage (using MUCH less CPU), but their UI just isn’t as polished.

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