Solved: DFS Replication service won’t start

For a little while I’ve had a problem with the DFS Replication service not starting on 1 of my servers. The 2 event log messages are:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7009
Date: 08/04/2010
Time: 07:41:38
User: N/A
Computer: CCK5
Description:
Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for the DFS Replication service to connect.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 08/04/2010
Time: 07:41:38
User: N/A
Computer: CCK5
Description:
The DFS Replication service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

After various Google searches I found this so I thought I’d investigate the Anti-Virus link a bit more – I’d already disabled my Anti-Virus (Kaspersky MP4) so thought I’d try uninstalling it. As soon as I’d done that (didn’t even reboot), I was able to start the service. I should have known really, I’ve previously had problems caused by Anti-Virus software on our voicemail server.