SharePoint server fails to boot at ACPITABL.DAT

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in How Do I...

My WSS server that hosts this blog, decided to crap out after a storm. It was a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition server, but not a R2 server. It would boot but only so far and then it would reset itself and restart the boot process. I booted the server in Safe Mode in order to see where the problem was. The boot cycle would fail at the ACPITABL.DAT file. Searching Google and didn’t yield too much help other than that a “Repair Install” is probably going to be required.

Since my original OS disk was stolen some years ago, and since I had since purchased Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 with SP2, I decided to use that set of disks to do the Repair Install. Windows of course considered it an Upgrade and proceeded with the upgrade process. The upgrade went fine except that Windows didn’t recognize my network cards anymore and I had to reinstall the NIC drivers in order to regain internet connectivity.

Then came time to ensure SharePoint was running as expected. Trying to hit my blog, I encountered the following problem:

The current identity (NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE) does not have write access to ‘C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files’.

The solution was to open a command prompt, change directory to the v2.0.50727 directory and then execute the following command:


After that, everything came up as expected. Now all I have to do is check to ensure backup and disaster recovery processes are still functioning as expected. 



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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