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Saturday, 17 December 2005
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I realized today that I’ve not been getting my regular backup notifications from my SBS box. The issue seems to be specific to the Task Scheduler in SBS 2003. As in, it does not run any of the tasks! I am getting the following error when I try to set-up or run a task:

Task Scheduler
General page initialization failed.
The specific error is:
0x80090016: Keyset does not exist
An error has occurred attempting to retrieve task account information. You may continue editing the task object, but will be unable to change task account information.

A search revealed the following KB “You receive error message 0x80090016 or error message 0x8009000f when you try to schedule a task” that seems to be relevant. But the products that it refers to are all W2K. SBS2003 is W2K3 based, so I am bit hesitant to make this change. Anyone using SBS2003 have any pointers?

UPDATE (12/31/05): Solution is to delete the following corrupt file "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
(xxxx means a string)

Once I did this, I also had to recreate all of my scheduled tasks.

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12/17/2005 23:37 Eastern Standard Time  |  Comments [4]  |  Disclaimer  |  Permalink   
Sunday, 18 December 2005 06:08:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
This error happened to me when i hard-reset a password for an account. The reason is that DPAPI gets out of sync here (as the warning dialog says).

maybe that points you in the right direction.
Sunday, 18 December 2005 10:12:07 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hmm.. I changed the password for the account that is running the task scheduler the normal way, logged off and then back in to run the task. The error still pops up.
Anil John
Wednesday, 07 June 2006 12:17:29 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)

I had the exact same problem as you, but I could not see any files in directory C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18\ to delete. BTW, I am on Windows 2003 Server. Any idea about it? Thanks!
Friday, 14 July 2006 12:57:48 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Worked like a charm for Windows 2003 Enterprise. Thanks.
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