We recently had to rescue a stalled SharePoint upgrade that went awry after a partial disk rebuild. During the upgrade, Central Administration refused to start, reporting the error:
Windows could not start the Windows Process Activation Service - Error 6801: Transaction support within the specified resource manager is not started or was shut down due to an error.
We traced this to the local file system journals being out of sync due to the partial restore. As result, IIS itself refused to start after reboot because the WAS wouldn’t start – and the WAS acts as the ignition for other processes, like IIS. In part, this is done to protect the data in case the file system has become corrupted. However, there’s also a simple fix. At a command line, run:
fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\
assuming the system drive is C. After a reboot, you will able to start IIS and continue with the upgrade.
So, why the Blue Comet? As you might recall, the penultimate episode of the Sopranos was The Blue Comet. And this will be my next to last post for Microknowledge under the KMA banner.
The Blue Comet, from http://forum.atlasrr.com/forum/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=53193
There will be more to come later today – but I promise neither a bloody confrontation nor a sudden cut to black. Stay tuned – there’s still one more.