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WWW Publishing service will not start, HTTP and HTTPS dependencies failing

Posted on 2008-11-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi, World Wide Web Publishing service will not start on my sharepoint server due to failing dependencies.

When the WWW Publishing service fails to start I get the following error message in the event log:

"The World Wide Web Publishing Service service depends on the HTTP SSL service which failed to start because of the following error:
The dependency service or group failed to start. "

So, if i try to manually start the HTTP SSL service, I get the following error in the event log.

"The HTTP SSL service depends on the HTTP service which failed to start because of the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified. "

I can't try and start the HTTP service explicitly, because I don't see it in the list of services. Can someone give me some ideas how to proceed from here? Thanks.

Question by:Ivrnet
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Expert Comment

ID: 22977078
I would reinstall WWW services and retry.

Anything in the event logs ?

Is this a first time install ?
Was it ever working ?

I hope this helps !

Author Comment

ID: 22977138
Yes, worked fine for awhile, we have sharepoint installed on this server. One morning it just wasn't working anymore. In the event logs, all I see is what I described.

I'll try removing the services and adding back.

Author Comment

ID: 22977310
No luck.

The HTTP service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

What file is the HTTP service looking for? Is there a DLL I need to re-register?
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Author Comment

ID: 22978050
Seems like this might actually be related to a corrupt tcpip stack. I cannot even do an 'ipconfig', as I get the error "an internal error occurred: the request is not supported."

I have tried rebuilding the tcpip stack with no luck. I'm not sure what else to do here.
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Expert Comment

ID: 22981807
sfc/ scannow for a start ( need OS CD )
ANd then check for malware and hardware issues.

I hope this helps !

Author Comment

ID: 22981817
I'll try the sfc thing in the morning, but this is a virtual machine, so hardware issues are not a factor. I have 50+ other vm's running on the same hosts as this one.

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Ivrnet earned 0 total points
ID: 22998601
Couldn't get it going, and since this was a VM, I've destroyed it and cloned another. Please close the question. Thanks.

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