Recently this has been happening quite often. Random steps of jobs, regardless of what they're doing, fail and the job history always says "Unable to connect to SQL Server '(local)'. " It doesn't seem to matter what the specific job is or even the step. A simple stored procedure that normally takes a few seconds, or a longer one that should run for hours can both fail and give this same message. It isn't happening all the time, but probably occurs 10 times a day from a total of around 50 jobs that run throughout the day. Any ideas what could be causing this??