Server 2008R2 Hangs at Control+Alt+Del

Hey all,

Running ESXi 6.7U3b and having a strange issue with a particular Windows Server 2008 R2 VM (I know I know). When the device boots, if the network adapter is connected, the vm will hang at the Control + Alt + Del screen. If the adapter is disconnected when booted, I can get signed in but I cannot open the network and sharing center. Eventually, explorer.exe will crash and then I can attach the network card and restart services. However, this takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes.

Any ideas what could fix? Attached is a screenshot of the error from event viewer. I’ve tried removing all unnecessary apps, updating VMware tools and hardware version, and a few other things.



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