I ran into a strange error recently on an Exchange 2013 server. The WWW Publishing Service was stopped. When I tried to start the service it failed on a dependency. A quick check revealed the Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) was stopped. When I tried to start WAS, I received the following error.
Windows could not start the Windows Process Activation Service service on Local Computer. Error 13: The data is invalid.
The Event Viewer was littered with equally cryptic Event IDs, such as WAS 5005 and WAS 5036.
Not the first time
I’ve actually encountered an error like this before. I am not sure what causes it. But evidently, something in Internet Information Services (IIS) becomes corrupt. Thankfully this blog from GrinGod jogged my memory. It all came flooding back.[Read more…] about Windows Process Activation Service – Error 13: The data is invalid