The SQL Server service and the SQL Server Agent Service fail to start on a stand-alone server

Symptoms

On a stand-alone server the MSSQLSERVER service may fail to start, and the following error message displays:

An error 1068 - (The dependency service or group failed to start.) occurred while performing this service operation on the MSSQLServer Service.
Similarly, the SQLServerAgent service may also fail to start, and this error message displays:

An error 1068 - (The dependency service or group failed to start.) occurred while performing this service operation on the SQLServerAgent Service.
This problem occurs if both of the following conditions are met:

  • The server computer is in a workgroup and not part of a domain.
  • Both the MSSQLSERVER and SQLServerAgent services are set to use a domain account for the startup.

CAUSE

Because the computer is a stand-alone computer, the NetLogon service does not start on the server, hence no domain-wide logon authentications are possible.

RESOLUTION

To resolve the problem, use these steps:

  1. Change the startup account of both the MSSQLSERVER and SQLServerAgent to use the Local System account.
  2. Restart the computer.

More Information

On a stand-alone computer, the NetLogon Service should be set for "manual" startup.


REFERENCES

For additional information running the NetLogon service on a stand-alone computer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

182720 Event IDs 7024 and 3095 on Stand-Alone Server
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Article ID: 307288 - Last Review: Jul 10, 2008 - Revision: 1

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