unstable SQL service

unstable SQL service

Post by Darryl Fryat » Sat, 09 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Please help with the following problem:

8:30am          SQLServer fine, no problems
9:15am          Users Logging on....
9:20am          Users Complain, they cannot connect to SQL....
9:25am          I cannot connect using enterprise manager or any other tool......
9:30am          Try to shut down service using SQL Service Manager....SQL Executive
shuts down,  SQLService says "Service is           stopping......"
9:45am          SQLService still says "Service is stopping......"
9:50am          Try using NET STOP SQLSERVICE........message says something like
"Cannot control service in its present             state"..........very worrying!!!
9:55am          Shut Down NT box, power off, reboot..........everything
fine................until next time!!!!!!

Any ideas?

Darryl Fryatt   Database Manager
                Sub-Contract UK Ltd

Tel No: 44+(01256) 840101


unstable SQL service

Post by Neil Pik » Sun, 10 Aug 1997 04:00:00


 Check the SQL errorlog for messages - it's probably having internal AV's or
something like that.

 Neil Pike MVP/MCSE
 Protech Computing Ltd (MS Solution Provider)
 Using Virtual Access 4.01 build 232 (32-bit) on NT 4.0 SP3


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