RPC Server Error Message

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
When I originally connected to the Windows server 2003 machine the workstation service was not running so i restarted the service and now it hanging on stopping. I then logged off and the logged back on to see if it would start. but when logging back onto the Windows server 2003 machine (which is located at another office site (I am at HQ)) I get the following message Logon Message: The system cannot log you on due to the following error. The RPC Server is unavailable. Please try again or consult your system administrator.  This just started happening today out of the blue. I understand that the RPC service has stopped, but I am unsure if there is anything else I can do without having to be physically infront of the machine?
Question by:scaughman
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    Assisted Solution

    you should be able to use SC.exe or PSEXEC.exe or PSSErvice.exe to start the RPC on the remote machine
    SC.exe is a MS tool .. if you dont find it on your machine.. it should be on the resource kit.
    give it a shot..

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    I was able to login to the machine using a different method, but when i go to the services it says that the RPC service is running. So I restarted it and tried to login remotely and still get the same error message.  Looking at the other services i noticed that the Workstation service is stuck in Stopping, and i can not restart or start because they are all greyed out. So i tried the SC.exe with the the workstation service (lanmanworkstaion) and i got this message: [SC] ContolService FAILED 1061: The service cannot accept control lesages at this time. Any idea's?


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    Restarting the server seemed to work. I havent seen any error messages in the event view since the restart and all services that are to be running are. Thank you for your assistance.

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