Patrick's Rants


Log Folder Permissions Breaks Task Scheduler and Windows Event Viewer

Filed under: Geek News and Stuff — site admin @ 7:47 am

I have recently been plagued with some Windows Server 20081 lockups. I decided to look at the Windows Event Viewer logs and ran into some puzzling, to me, error messages like Task Scheduler service is not available. Task Scheduler will attempt to reconnect to it. I know that Task Scheduler isn’t working. I installed Cygwin and Cron to work around the broken Task Scheduler that I could never get to start. Now the fact that Task Scheduler isn’t running seems to be causing Event Viewer to not run. Way to tangle shit together Microsoft. Fortunately, this meant that I was finally able to find the problem. The Task Scheduler issue by itself either didn’t motivate me enough to find a solution or one wasn’t available. I’m not sure which is true, but I must not have looked too hard since I was running Cron. I found that basically it was a permission issue on one folder that cause both of these services to fail. A log folder at that. And the error message is the usual cryptic crap that I expect out of Redmond. The folder is “C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup”. The fix is to add the user SYSTEM as a full user. The short fix is right click on the RtBackup folder go to Properties ->Security ->Add->SYSTEM-> Full Control. Click all the yes boxes. And the final piece is you have to reboot the Windows box. After changing permissions on a folder. Just permissions. Reboot. Neither Task Manager nor Windows Event Viewer will start until you restart. I tried, you can try too. Just know that reboot is the simplest method – there could be another, but this is Windows after all.

  1. and WHY didn’t Microsoft allow a “free” upgrade from Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2? Money?