Two days ago, I was participating TechEd India 2011 and I had great time presenting on various subjects. My computer fortunately behaved very well and I consider myself lucky for it. However, very next day today, when I went to office and turned on the machine, it did not start SQL Server. I was bit confused and very quickly checked SQL Server Services. I noticed that services were OFF. I tried to turn on the services but it keep on giving me following error.
The request failed or the service did not respond in timely fashion. Consult the event log or other applicable error logs for details.
I was bit puzzled and looked into the Windows Application Error Log. It showed me following details:
When I looked at above error I right away realized what had happened.
My organization has policy to change password at frequent interval. I had changed the password the day before and because of the same all the services were down. I quickly went to Property of the service and change the password to my updated password.
Once done when I attempted to start the service, it worked well and error wend away.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)