I have a baffling problem with one of our remote-site servers. It's been going on for many months now and I'm hoping somebody here might be able to shed some light on what's going on.
Essentially there are two services that fail to auto-start at boot with a 7009 timeout event, followed immediately by a 7000.
The machine is the domain controller/F&P server for a small temporary site office. It's running on a Xeon 3GHz processor with 4GB RAM. The OS is MS SBS 2003 SP2.
The server has sophos EM installed and provides Sophos updates, domain control and file and print to a small domain of about 12 PCs. It performs nightly backups to an external USB backup drive using BackupAssist ( http://www.backupassist.com/
Consistently every boot, both the "Sophos Agent" service and the "Backup Assist" Service fail to start (7009). Both are set to automatic start and both log on as the local system account. The rest of the sophos and windows services start fine. Once the server is up, I can manually start the services from the services.msc tool and they consistently always start.
I have gone through the process with both Sophos and Backupassist trying to resolve this issue and in both cases they have been at a loss as to what could be causing the problem. Since the issue seems to occur with both applications it leads me to believe it's some sort of issue with the server configuration itself.
This server has probably about another 6 months of life in it before the site office gets demobed and as a workaround I had considered just writing a lazy script to check every hour whether the service has started and if not to start it manually. But it kind of annoys me having to do that, so I put it to the experts... can anyone suggest what might be going on and how I can resolve this problem.