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Isn't it wierd how, when you wanna get something done, you end up spending time fixing other problems that are stopping you from doing what you wanted to do originally. For some reason Group Policy was not being applied to my Laptop, causing all kinds of settings to fail.. eventlog told me: “windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy object”

Could not find the cause, so rebooted the Server.

Then the server wouln’t log in anymore.. it kept hanging on “applying computer settings”.
In fact, it was the exchange system attendant that couln’t start. The eventlog was filling with errors that it couln’t read its configuration data from the Active Directory.

Why this was,  was unclear.. but an MS KB article suggested it might be a problems with a disjointed DNS namespace on the DC.. this was indeed the case... and wierdly enough, might explain some other wierd stuff I have seen recently. Like.. the server name appearing in CAPS all of a sudden when I was browsing though some settings. I have no idea what caused this.

So now I am trying to fix that, while actually I was trying to get my laptop sorted... *sigh*

Update Jan 2005: I seem to have solved this one, but not sure how.. looks like I never updated this post. damn.

Posted on Sunday, December 5, 2004 11:15 PM Tech , In The Trenches | Back to top


Comments on this post: ITT: Hung on "applying computer settings" - Exchange System Attendant was the culprit (Solved, kinda)

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If you have APC UPS software installed and antivirus this can happen. Reboot server in safe mode and disable the APC services and reboot. If system starts okay then you have to update the APC software to fix problem if not then you will have to continue to TS the problem.
Left by Terry on Aug 11, 2006 5:41 PM

# re: ITT: Hung on "applying computer settings" - Exchange System Attendant was the culprit (Solved, kinda)
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I had a similar issue, and it was a problem with a COM+ application not starting with Exchange. You can read more here if you want:
http://www.benbarr.com/consulting/blog/?p=16
Left by Ben Barr on Dec 05, 2007 4:26 AM

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