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I have at least 20% of the computers on my network now reporting "Some Sophos services are not running/missing"
This was not the case 2 weeks ago, and invariably it is "Sophos System Protection Service is not started".
This involves a visit to that computer, pushing the user out of the way, running "Services" as administrator, which then involves typing the admin password under a user's nose.
I am sure this is not how Sophos Central is meant to work. It is highly inconvenient, and at worst liable for a security breach.
How do I start these services remotely ?
I could log in through Remote Desktop, but this would Log Out the User
In reply to Howiedog:
Their next product line should be called: Sophos - Titanic.
In reply to Trojan Horse:
We are seeing this across our estate also, with a variety of services not running or missing. Does anyone have any fix beyond using Computer Management remotely to restart the services? I find it hard to believe that Sophos has not addressed this fully and not provided some kind of patch / hot fix. Thanks in advance!
For the bashing Sophos has received, mine included, I need to give kudos too. In the past few months, I have seen a lot of these issues fixed, as they have made improvements and changes to the product.
This morning, I received an email alert that one of my client's servers has services missing or stopped. I logged into Central and verified that there were 2 services not running. By the time I had started a ticket in my PSA, I saw that the status of all services went green. Then the alert went away and the device was in good status again. I never had a chance to finish my ticket, much less connect to the server to work on the issue.
I suspect that the Sophos agent updated and as it restarted the services the alert was flagged. Sophos needs to increase the time-out settings by maybe another minute, but overall I was impressed that the software did was it was supposed to do. It updated, restarted the services, and went on its way.
In reply to JamesGolden:
Its definitely been better... however, there Encryption service not running problem is going on 2 months now. Should have been fixed by now.
In reply to LRB:
can you elaborate? I've only ever had a problem with 2 machines--one was a bitlocker problem and the other because I forgot to enable the encryption policy.
We are seeing a number of services go missing (a couple of which may or may not re-appear a few days later), yet the client appears to be up to date. The main offenders appear to be:
Missing: Sophos Device Encryption Service
Missing: Sophos Device Control Service
Missing: Sophos Web Control Service
Missing: Sophos Web Intelligence Service
Missing: Sophos Anti-Virus Status Reporter
This specific issue: https://community.sophos.com/kb/en-us/132320
They note its being fixed - the problem I have is the general lack of communication and how long it takes to fix.
In reply to Mike Jones1:
This was very helpful. Ran the C:\ProgramData\Sophos\AutoUpdate\Cache\decoded\sau\Sophos AutoUpdate
The problem was resolved!!!
Royce Robinson | Texas A&M Univ. Wildlife Fisheries
In reply to Royce Robinson:
Was the issue occurring on multiple endpoints? Like 100s?
In reply to G33k:
It was only on ONE computer. Even after uninstall / reinstall, the problem remained until I used your suggestion. Working well now.
Ok! We have 1000s of endpoints on which we are facing the issue. I'll try and check if that works at my end too!!
I have just had an issue, my own system, where I got an email stating that a HIGH ALERT, that services were missing or not running, but there is nothing in Central about this error... wow.
email sent @ 11:52, checked Central @ 12:45, still no Alerts (on anything).
In reply to JasonFell:
I've been reporting this for a few months. What Sophos support told me to do was to set the services to START DELAYED
which service(s)? all or just some?