The RPC server is unavailable

I have a windows server 2003 doing print server/file server, no one could print and when I tried to rdp into the box i got the following error:
The system cannot log you on due to the following error:
The RPC server is unavailable

I rebooted the server and all is working now, this is the second time this has happened. What is this and how can I prevent this from happening?
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jeffsteffyAsked:
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
its your rpc service failing - you need to set some restart options on the service itself - and post the errors that relate to the service stopping :)
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jeffsteffyAuthor Commented:
The  Remote Procedure Call Locator is set to manual. I set the to restart the service > restart the service > restart the computer. Should I set the service to auto?
the RPC is set to auto and greyed out set to restart service...
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
the locator service doesnt matter - its just the RPC service you need to work about

those settings sound good on your rpc server - how often does this happen?
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jeffsteffyAuthor Commented:
It happened about a month ago then today, this is the only time I know about this happening in the last year. This is our oldest server
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yah i wouldnt stress too much - i have seen it before - often lack of resources will push it over the edge
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PlaceboC6Commented:
Very possible that it is a kernel memory resource problem.

You can check to see if there are 2019 or 2020 errors in the system log.  

Additionally I would make sure that you do not have any printers shared on the server configured to use the "HP TCPIP" port type and that your anti-virus engine is completely up to date.  Most of the major antivirus vendors have versions that are prone to memory leaks and fixes available.

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