Error message when you use SQL Server Configuration Manager to restart the SQL Server Agent service in SQL Server 2008: "The request failed or the service did not respond in a timely fashion"


Symptoms


When you use SQL Server Configuration Manager to restart the SQL Server Agent service in Microsoft SQL Server 2008, you receive the following error message:
The request failed or the service did not respond in a timely fashion. Consult the event log or other applicable error logs for details.
When this problem occurs, CPU utilization is high, and you cannot dismiss the error message by clicking OK. You may have to use Task Manager to end the SQL Server Configuration Manager process.

Note You may also receive this error message in other circumstances.

Workaround


To work around this problem, start the SQL Server Agent service by using the Services management console (Services.msc).

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


Steps to reproduce this problem

  1. Specify an account for the SQL Server Agent service.
  2. Change the password of the SQL Server Agent startup account.
  3. Use SQL Server Configuration Manager to restart the SQL Server Agent service.