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?