Hi DB Gurus,

I am getting following error when I start the sql server agent. The server is a cluster.

- ? [094] SQLServerAgent started from command line
- ! [298] SQLServer Error: 17, SQL Server does not exist or access denied. [SQLSTATE 08001]
- ! [298] SQLServer Error: 2, ConnectionOpen (Connect()). [SQLSTATE 01000]
- ! [000] Unable to connect to server '(local)'; SQLServerAgent cannot start
- ? [098] SQLServerAgent terminated (normally)

I started the agent from command prompt - same error message. I verified the service account that is used to start the agent, verified password for sql server, verified the IP address, etc. Those look normal.

I really appreciate any help.