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:



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 widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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