The Active Roles Server is not accessible from either the MMC snap-in or the Web Interface. The following error is observed in logging and the Active Roles Event Viewer logs:
The Administration Service is unable to start because the encryption key is missing from the Active Roles database.
This can be the result of database corruption or incorrect modification.
This issue may be resolved by restoring the entire SQL database from a SQL backup file.
It is also possible to restore the encryption key from a backup file or to reset it.
To restore the encryption key from a backup file:
To reset the encryption key:
For information about the *-AREncryptionKey cmdlets see Help for Active Roles Management Shell.