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When I try to restart my SQL server, I get the following error:

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Why this error happens and how to solve this?

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Did you check the eventlogs? – rene Jan 1 '12 at 15:21
upvotes are gained easily today – rene Jan 1 '12 at 15:22
@rene, whatever do you mean? This looks like a really awesome programming question to me. – bzlm Jan 1 '12 at 15:46
@bzlm Awesome it is then... – rene Jan 1 '12 at 15:49
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When the Windows GUI starts a service, it displays a progress box for 60 seconds. After that, it will display the error "Service failed to resond in a timely fashion".

The message means no more than that the service didn't start in 60 seconds. This is not necessarily a problem: especially after a system halt, SQL Server can take a long time to start up, as it is rolling transactions backward and forward to get the databases in a consistent state.

Ignore the GUI error message, and check for details in the SQL Server error log.

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If the service doesn't actually start, there won't be anything in the SQL Server error log. – bzlm Jan 1 '12 at 15:47
@bzlm: Well if the excetable cannot be started at all, you'd get a different error message. – Andomar Jan 1 '12 at 15:57

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