Windows 2003 SBS with SP2 services lose authentication randomly and at reboot
Posted on 2010-08-13
Problem: after a reboot or after a random period of time the passwords for the accounts use to run services seem to corrupt, vanish, or change inexplicably. The password still shows to be there in the service properties but if the service stops, or is stopped, it will give a logon error when a start is attempted. When you put the password back in it is fine. If you restart right after you put the password in it restarts fine. Only after time...
This seems to only affect services that require a user account for Authentication. Being SBS it is of course a DC. It also hosts Exchange 2003 SP2, and the latest Blackberry Server Express. The Blackberry services are the ones that usually have the issue and are currently using the BESAdmin account specifically created for it. However it does the same thing using Administrator and other domain admin accounts. It does this on other services than Blackberry as well.
We cannot use Local System, or any other generic account unfortunately for any of the services. I did change those I could and we have no longer had any issues for those services. I cannot seem to find anyone else with this issue. Any ideas?