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Service Manager Error - Dependency Service or Group Failed to Start

4/26/2018 63 Contributors

I've noticed that when doing deployments that there were usually a dozen or so (out of over 100) computers that failed with this error regularly.  The exact error was "Failed to connect to the service manager - The dependency service or group failed to start".

Checking the Event Viewer on the failed computer: turns out that Netlogon service was disabled. This service needs to be able to start for Service Manager to function properly.

Hope this helps a little.