Multiple CMD.EXE without process file on SQL server 2003

Posted on 2009-12-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
My SQL server just came to halt when users started  complaining that their application run slow, I remote to it and found hundreds of CMD.exe's Rebooted the server and it's better but in Task Manager (pic attached) I can still see blank CMD.exe and there is more and more of them. I'm running a virus scan on it right now but what else could that be if not a virus?
Question by:piotrmikula108
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    by:Raja Jegan R
    >> I'm running a virus scan on it right now but what else could that be if not a virus?

    If it is not Virus, then many users are trying to connect to your server using SQLCMD mode..
    Find out the reason why they are using SQLCMD, Check the credentials involved and verify it out..
    Also find out the reason why they are spanning for a longer period of time..
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    no viruses found and my "DBA" has no idea where this could be coming from.

    any other ideas where to look?

    Thank you so much
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    by:Raja Jegan R
    Just run a profiler trace so that you can find

    * Which application is establishing connections to your server
    * what exactly they are doing in that connection

    This would help you identify the reason for the multiple connections..
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    we found by using Sysinternals procexplorer it was one of our remote management and access tool that had the be renistalled

    thank you anyway

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