Almost stumped. I have a large, single domain AD with 4 DCs. I'm using integrated DNS, throughout.
About two weeks ago, I started experiencing, on various 2003 servers, the "Server" services and related dependencies dying. In a few instances, when trying to start the service manually, I got "access denied". A reboot would at least allow me to then start it manually. Out of about 50 servers, this is happening to about 10 so far, where the Server service just stops. Nothing in the event logs is helping. Anyone else experiencing this? Been running fine for 8 years, now, this.
I and the other tech are pouring over everything, can't fine a real answer. The Server service that is dying is the local service, but I'm suspecting AD is jacked somehow. Any clues would be highly appreciated. None of the XP / Win 7 workstations seem to be affected. Just Server 2003, from R2 to Standard.