The SQL server agent in a cluster (as a cluster resource) fails to start. I'm looking for error logs to give me a clue, but so far, all it says is: "failed to start". What could be the possible issues? Where can I see a more detailed error log?

Update: I've checked the sql server logs, the cluster event logs and the windows event logs.

  • Can you specify what logs you have checked so far? Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 8:49
  • Does it always fail to start, or does it eventually start?
    – mrdenny
    Commented Aug 18, 2012 at 2:24
  • Also, does the Agent fail to start on both (all) nodes in the cluster, or only one certain ones? Has the SQL Agent ever started successfully in this clustered instance?
    – SqlRyan
    Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 5:38

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There are logs in a few places. For the Agent logs please see the screenshot:

Agent Logs

In Object Explorer expand SQL Server Agent \ Error Logs.

  • Not seeing the screenshot, uploaded twice. Hmmm. Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 16:31

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