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I have a SQL Server 2005 instance that has worked fine for years. There have been no changes that I am aware of. Recently, I found that if I stop and then start the instance in SQL Server Configuration Manager, I get the error:

The request failed or the service did not respond in a timely fashion. Consult the event log or other applicable error logs for details

However, the service has indeed started, regardless of what the error says. If I dig through Event Viewer and the SQL Server ERRORLOG file, everything looks normal. There are no errors anywhere. In fact, if I start the service from the normal Windows Services screen (services.msc), it starts up immediately. Should I be concerned that it generates a false error through SQL Server Configuration Manager?

Also, is the Services section in SQL Server Configuration Manager just a "shell" of the full Services screen, which is limited to SQL Server related services? Is there any reason not to stop and start SQL Server services from the full Windows Services screen?

  • I should also point out that when starting the SQL Server service from Configuration Manager, it takes about 25-30 seconds before I get the error (and it then starts anyway). And one in a while, it starts without the error. Using the Windows Service screen, the SQL Server service starts up within a second or two - every time. – SomeGuy May 14 '14 at 16:23
  • I've found the same thing over the years. Based on the fact that it only ever happens for me when it takes a while for the service to start up I believe (although I could be wrong) that it's just a timeout built into SSCM. – Kenneth Fisher Oct 16 '14 at 13:25
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SQL Server Configuration Manager performs additional operations that the Windows Services does not. Please check Technet SQL Server Configuration Manager particularly if you have changed the service account and/or password recently or use startup options.

  • Thanks. I know that changing the service account/password should be done in Configuration Manager, but I still can't find what is generating the error, Nor can I find any reason a simple service start/stop should or should not be done via the Windows Services screen. – SomeGuy May 14 '14 at 16:18
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Also, is the Services section in SQL Server Configuration Manager just a "shell" of the full Services screen, which is limited to SQL Server related services?

Yes, SQL SCM is the SQLServerManager10.msc file that is opened as a snap-in Windows Management Console (mmc.exe).

Is there any reason not to stop and start SQL Server services from the full Windows Services screen?

No, unless you want to configure something for a special one-time change or initial setup.

Here's more documentation.

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