Remote procedure call failed in SQL Server Configuration Manager

In this sql server tutorial, we will discuss how to fix error, the remote procedure call failed sql server configuration manager.

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the remote procedure call failed sql server configuration manager

A few days back I got an error while using SQL Server Configuration Manager to list the services. The error states “The remote procedure call failed” and due to which I was unable to see the running services. The complete error message is shown in the image below.

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Remote procedure call failed in SQL Server Configuration Manager

Remote procedure call failed

After trying multiple solutions from the internet, I came across some common solutions to overcome this error. Now, in this SQL Server tutorial, we will discuss how to resolve “The remote procedure call failed” error with multiple solutions.

Let’s first undergo some of the common reasons due to which this error may occur.

  1. Running multiple versions: This error can occur when we are running multiple SQL Server versions in our system.
  2. SQL Server Services not running: The second main cause behind this error can be when the required SQL Server services are not running.
  3. Managed Object Format (MOF): The third reason behind this error could be when the .mof files are not installed or registered properly.

Fix-1: Use the latest version of SQL Server Configuration Manager

Now, if we have installed multiple SQL Server versions in our system and we are trying to use the older SQL Server Configuration Manager. Then this error may occur at your side.

  • To solve this issue, simply navigate to the following path “C:\Windows\SysWOW64“. And in the “SysWOW64” directory, search for “SQLServerManager“.
SQL Server Configuration Manager Remote procedure call failed
Searching for SQL Server Configuration Manager
  • Now, if there are multiple versions of SQL Server Configuration Manager then, run the latest version out of them.
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Run the latest SQL Server Configuration Manager

Fix-2: Start the required SQL Server Services

As discussed in the second reason, the SQL Server Services could also be the reason behind the error. Now, the question is how to check for services without Configuration Manager.

  • First, search and open the “Services” from the Windows search bar.
Start services for remote procedure call failed
Start services for remote procedure call failed
  • Next, look for SQL Server Services from the list of services.
  • Now, check the state of SQL Server (Instance Name), SQL Server Browser, and SQL Server Agent services.
  • To start the services, right-click the service and click on “Properties” and change the startup type from Disabled to Automatic.
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Starting the SQL Server Services

Fix-3: Re-register the *.mof files

As discussed above, the third reason behind this error can be when the *.mof files are not installed properly. The solution to overcome this issue can be by re-registering the *.mof files.

  • For this, first, run the command prompt as administrator and execute the following given command
mofcomp.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Shared\sqlmgmproviderxpsp2up.mof"
  • And after executing the above command, we will get the following success messages.
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Fix-3 for remote procedure call failed

Note: If you are using SQL Server 2008 R2 then, you may need to update your service pack to overcome this error.

By following all the given solutions, we can resolve the error and start using the SQL Server Configuration Manager.

So, in this tutorial, we have learned how to resolve “The remote procedure call failed” error in SQL Server Configuration Manager. In this, we have discussed some of the main reasons behind this error and also the possible solutions for them.

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