‘Preparing to configure Windows – Do not turn off your computer’ – On a virtual infrastructure vCentre server


After installing the latest Windows updates and restarting the server you get the message ‘Preparing to configure Windows – Do not turn off your computer’ which seems like it has hung.

Initially I was unable to connect to the server at all via vSphere client or RDP. After a mild panic I connected to each vSphere node with the vSphere client until I found the server that was hosting the vCentre server. I was then able to access the console.

Panic over I decided to restart the server which kick started whatever update had crashed the server and I was able to then log in.

 

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One thought on “‘Preparing to configure Windows – Do not turn off your computer’ – On a virtual infrastructure vCentre server

  1. Hi, I have the same problem with a virtual server 2012. I can ping it, access the harddrive and printers on the server. i just can log in to the server. its stuck on preparing to configure windows do not turn of your computer. wil this solution work on server 2012. can you please give a bit more info please, i dont know vSphere client etc. Thanks in advance

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