SQL SERVER – Error – Attempted to Perform an Unauthorized Operation

As you might know I try hard to help the community via various channels. Comment on my blog is one of that channels. Here is a blog post which talks about error about Unauthorized Operation.

Recently, one of my community members shared a SQL Server 2016 setup log which me. He wanted to understand why he was seeing below error

Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation.

I asked complete log and below is what we saw.

Error: Local Discovery

(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:21 Slp: Running Action: RunRemoteDiscoveryAction
(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:21 Slp: Running discovery on local machine
(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:23 Slp: Discovery on local machine is complete

Error: Node MyNode02

(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:23 Slp: Running discovery on remote machine: MYNODE02
(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:24 Slp: Discovery on MYNODE02 failed due to exception

Error: Node MyNode03

(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:24 Slp: Running discovery on remote machine: MYNODE03
(01) 2016-07-30 04:23:28 Slp: Discovery on MYNODE03 is complete

I have highlighted section of log. First one is Local Discovery which worked. Second one was for node MyNode02 which failed with error and for third remote node MyNode03 it worked.

I asked him to check below.

  1. Start > Run > RegEdit
  2. File > Connect Network Registry.

  1. Provide remote machine name and connect.

He informed me that he was getting below error:

Solution: As explained in the error message, after starting “remote registry” service, the issue was resolved.

Have you ever seen some other setup error?

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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