Windows 2008 R2 server service will not start

Posted on 2012-09-16
Last Modified: 2012-09-24
After restarting my 2008 domain controller there are a # of automatic services that are not starting.  I attempted to start them an eventually worked my way back to the fact the server service is failing to start and therefore all the dependent services, like netlogon on down, will not start.

The exact error message is

Windows could not start the Server service on .....

Error 1075: The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.

However when I look at the server service it is not dependent on anything else so the error message makes not sense to me.

I checked the program files and no new programs have been installed nor any new windows updates.

I try to check the windows event logs for further details but am unable to because without the server service you can't look at the event logs.

The server is hosted on a VM 4.1 esxi box.  I am able to communicate with it over the network, I have tried installing a new NIC instance but to no avail.
Question by:Douglas-Brouhard
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    by:Sekar Chinnakannu
    Can you check and confirm that all the services which is set to Automatic is in running status.
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    by:Leon Fester
    Windows should have logged something in the event log if the service did not start.
    I'd go back to the event log and check the events just after startup.

    Otherwise a good starting point for troubleshooting failed services at startup would be here:

    Author Comment

    Unfortunately the windows event log service is also not running claiming the same problem as the server service
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    Expert Comment

    On my 2008 R2 DC server, the "Server" service has a dependency on "Security Accounts Manager"

    That's kinda scary - that this implies that the "Security Accounts Manager" service has been marked for deletion or has been deleted

    Accepted Solution

    The server was ultimately not recoverable and has been decommissioned.

    Author Closing Comment

    There really isn't much else to say.  I lost the server and had to recover off a backup.

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