Cannot login to ESM central services


I had installed CESM and then uninstalled, installed SQL Server 2008 r2 and then installed CESM which went through OK this time.

Both console and ESM server are installed on the same machine, a SBS2008 r2 with SQLExpress 2008 r2, running DHCP, ADC, Exchange, Fileserver. All related services are running except maybe SQL Express agent which will not start.

However, when I try to login the console I get the login dialog returning again and again. I have chosen windows authentication and have full admin rights. CESM server is running!.

I can’t get past this stage and would be grateful for your assistance.

event viewer reports this:

Error: System.Runtime.Remoting.RemotingException: Failed to connect to an IPC Port: The system cannot find the file specified.

Server stack trace:
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.Ipc.IpcPort.Connect(String portName, Boolean secure, TokenImpersonationLevel impersonationLevel, Int32 timeout)
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.Ipc.ConnectionCache.GetConnection(String portName, Boolean secure, TokenImpersonationLevel level, Int32 timeout)
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.Ipc.IpcClientTransportSink.ProcessMessage(IMessage msg, ITransportHeaders requestHeaders, Stream requestStream, ITransportHeaders& responseHeaders, Stream& responseStream)
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.BinaryClientFormatterSink.SyncProcessMessage(IMessage msg)

Exception rethrown at [0]:
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.HandleReturnMessage(IMessage reqMsg, IMessage retMsg)
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.PrivateInvoke(MessageData& msgData, Int32 type)
at CRM.SrvCore.ISubSystemCatalog.GetSessionId(Guid sessionId)
at CRM.ConApplication.Common.ConnectionManager.Connect(AuthorizationEventArgs args)\nConnectionState: Connecting


I can now login by doing the following:

Enable TCP/IP

Now that SQL 2008 Express is installed, we need to configure the Network options that are disabled by default.

  1. In the Start Menu, open Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2008 > Configuration Tools > SQL Server Surface Area Configuration
  2. In the Surface Area Configuration utility, click the link “SQL Server Configuration Manager”
  3. Expand “SQL Server Network Configuration” and select Protocols.
  4. Enable TCP/IP. If you need Named Pipes, then you can enable them here as well.
  5. Close the SQL Server Configuration Manager.

Restarted the service and voila it connected.

Now my objectives with this software was for it to protect the server, what do I do now?