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I've had a problem with one instance of SQL Server 2008 (the free version) not starting automatically. I always have to right click on the icon in the task bar and start it manually. It is set to "Automatic" start mode in the SQL Server Configuration Manager. I have checked the error log text file and there is nothing that looks likely. I don't see any attempt at automatic startup, just the log of my manual startup.

I then dug into the Event Viewer and I see two warning entries, given around computer boot time:

  1. Warning - SQLBrowser - The configuration of the SQL instance UPSWSDBSERVER is not valid.
  2. Warning - MSSQL$UPSWSDBSERVER -

    The description for Event ID ( 19011 ) in Source ( MSSQL$UPSWSDBSERVER ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: (SpnRegister) : Error 1355.

UPSWSDBSERVER is the server instance for UPS WorldShip. This is NOT the instance that I am having trouble with. In fact I never have trouble with it... the UPS software works 100% reliably. The instance I am having trouble with is tied to a program called ShipWorks.

I have run the UPS Diagnostic tool which runs (what appears to be) a thorough check on its database, everything passes. I can not see the UPSWSDVSERVER instance in the Configuration Manager. Where the heck is it? The configuration manager only lists the ShipWorks instance.

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