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SQL Agent Wont Start on Cluster

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I have a 2003 cluster setup with SQL 2005. I am trying to start the SQL agent from the SQL Mnagment studio. When I do I get the following error:
 Program Location:
   at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo)
   at System.Management.ManagementObject.InvokeMethod(String methodName, ManagementBaseObject inParameters, InvokeMethodOptions options)
   at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.VSIntegration.ObjectExplorer.WMIServiceControl.SqlService.StartService()
   at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.VSIntegration.ObjectExplorer.Service.Start()
I get this message from either Node I try to start teh SQL agent from. No log is generated in the windows error log
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by:randy_knight
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Have you tried starting it from Cluster Administrator?  In a cluster, you should use Cluster Administrator to stop and start services.
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There is no SQL agent listed in the Cluster Administrator. The only place you see the agent is in the SQL Managment  Studio
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That is incorrect.  In the cluster group that constains your sql server instance you shoudl have the following resources:

One or more Disks
SQL  IP Address
SQL Network Name
SQL Server
SQL Server Agent
SQL Server Fulltext (if installed)

If you are not seeing Agent in your cluster group, you have a bigger problem.  Perhaps it got moved to a different cluster group?
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Example attached:

ClusterAdministrator.png
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I see all those resources except the agent. I tried to recreate the sql agent but it falis to start
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the resource is created by the SQL Server install.  If you look at all resources is it maybe there but in a different cluster group?  It wouldn't be that hard to move it on accident.
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No, its just not there. Is there any way to rerun the install without changeing settings or effecting databases?
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You "might" be able to do a repair thorough add/remove programs but I don't know if it would work or not.  Certainly back everythig up before you try it.  
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Repair did not work. I had to contact Micro$oft and we added the resource. Had to make a few reg additions under the parameters key on the newly created resource. Didnt work until we added sql server as a dependancy on the agent resorce.
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thanks
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