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Vcenter Server Service failing to autostart on boot

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Hi all,

Have a issue at the moment with the Vcenter Server Service failing to autostart on boot. Its a physical server running 2008 R2. After the service fails to start it will allow me to manually start it but it fails to autostart. The event log shows the following:

The VMware VirtualCenter Server service terminated with service-specific error The system cannot find the file specified..

Followed by....

The VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service depends on the VMware VirtualCenter Server service which failed to start because of the following error:
The service has returned a service-specific error code.


Any ideas?
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It's possible a dependancy is not available at the time of vCenter starting?

You've not installed on an iSCSI LUN?
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No its installed on the local disks.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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fine
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Is you database local or remote?
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local
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SQL Express or SQL Full version?

If SQL Express, the database is not full?

If you restart the service do you have the same issue?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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If you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) does it help.
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This could be due to the VC service starting before your MSQL server is up and ready.
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You could try to add the SQL Express service as a dependency, which would make the VC service wait until this is started.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/193888
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Its SQL 2008 R2 - Looking through the event log i can see that the MSSQLserver service starts before the Vcenter service stops. However is doesnt seem tell that the vcenter service has started it only tells me that it stops.
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It may not be ready though, try the dependency
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Ok i have tried the delay start. When i get a chance i will reboot and report back. Grateful for your help as always.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for MJB2011's comment http:/Q_27390196.html#36955652

for the following reason:

Not my own solution?
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Did it resolve you issue?
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Yes im trying to assign you the points. I will try again now.
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Trying to assign points and close but cannot?
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Glad its all fixed. Apologies for not keeping ontop of the question, must have missed a response.
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