Windows could not start the SharePoint 2010 Administration Service
I have restored our SharePoint 2010 farm in a lab ahead of a disaster recovery test and everything seemed to go well apart from being unable to start the SharePoint 2010 Administration service – it threw this error message:
Windows could not start the SharePoint 2010 Administration Service on Local Computer.
Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
I was able to log into our Intranet and the Central Administration so everything seemed fine otherwise. I turned to the Event Logs but didn’t find anything useful. A bit of searching turned up this Microsoft article that suggested that the service is likely to be querying Windows Update to retrieve a certificate trust list. This simply wasn’t happening as the lab has no internet access. I modified the registry as suggested and after a reboot the service started straight away! Here is the registry key required to stop the service attempting to update the certificate trust list:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRoot – DisableRootAutoUpdate (DWord value 1)