My Windows 2000 server (DNS and DC) has decided not to start Net Logon at startup for some reason! I got the above message when the computer restarts. Everything is OK after the server is restarted and I go to services.msc and start Net Logon myself. But before this, I have to wait for the server to log on the Administrator account, in about 5 minutes!
Event Viewer says:
The Workstation service has not been started. Source: NETLOGON EventID: 2138
and after that:
The Net Logon service terminated with service-specific error 2138. Source: Service Control Manager EventID: 7024
In services.msc I see that Net Logon is dependent to workstation, and is set to start automatically but it is not started by itself (actually it is stopped for the above reason.) I see that workstation service is set correctly to be started automatically, and is started when I log in, but is not started in time, regarding the above error messages.
My Net Logon service is not set dependent to DNS... Well I tried to follow microsoft's instruction for setting it dependent to DNS service, but I failed. I finally learned that I should add the D.N.S. phrase after three dots from the last service name in the registry key, but I don't dare to restart the server after this change!!