There may be a four second delay in starting the SQL Server Agent.
The four second delay occurs because an incorrect number of parameters are being used by the sp_help_job procedure.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
274799 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 2000.
This change affects the Instmsdb.sql script that is used to create the msdb database.