|Wow thanks for all your awesome replies.|
@wanderer: I am doing a check disk but it'll have to wait until the server restarts since its NTFS. :/
We do not use a vpn but it it acts as a domain controller. I've never heard of IPSec so I don't believe it is in use - is there somewhere I can go to edit its policies or configure it to find out further info?
@andynet: I'm unsure about the DHCP leasing. I may be a server administrator, but I'm still trying to catch onto how the whole things works exactly. Where would I go to find out how long it is before the lease expires? Like I said before - we haven't had this kind of issue in months, in fact, we have never had this particular issue with the complete disabling of tcp/ip traffic.
@ramdas_MR: there doesn't seem to be a failures tab in server 2003 - atleast not on my service pack. Also, you said 'etc' after naming those three services - are there any others that would need to be restarted for an event like this? I have these three on my list already to restart in the mornings so we don't have to shut down the server (which takes about 45 minutes because it runs exchange :/ ). Also, we do run Panda Admin Secure and it hasn't found any viruses on the server so maybe it is missing something? Does anybody recommend a certain antivirus for a windows server?
Thanks again everybody!