Error: Could not start the Geoprocessing Server Service

Error Message

When trying to start the GeoProcessing service form the services window you get:

Could not start the Geoprocessing Server Service (esri_gpsvr) service on \\machine_name.
Error 2140: An internal Windows NT error occurred.


Two possible causes:

· The Installation process did not create the needed files and directories

· The permissions on files and folders used by the geoprocessing service are too restrictive.

Solution or Workaround

  • Make sure the following directories exist under the arcexe80\gpserver directory:

       ¤  amls
    ¤ tmp_results

    If these directories do not exist, create them using Windows Explorer, or with the MKDIR command from a DOS prompt.

  • Make sure all users who need to use the service have full access to the
    above directories.