Resolving Server Manager Errors

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 8 Oct. 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

Server Manager in Windows Server 2008 can generate errors if the cache of CBS data becomes corrupt.

If the cache of CBS data maintained by Server Manager becomes corrupt, you can get “Role Error” messages when you try and open Server Manager. To try and resolve this problem, close Server Manager and delete the following two files from the %systemroot%\System32\ServerManager\Cache directory:

CbsUpdateInfo.bin

CbsUpdateState.bin

Then restart Server Manager and it should query CBS and determine the install state of the roles on the server and should recreate the two cache files you deleted.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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