Weird Problem with SSAS Not Starting
After building a new cluster to replace a 2005 cluster here in the office, I discovered Analysis Services would not start. Usually I do not put Analysis Services on the same box however one of our vendors requires SSRS, SSAS, and the Database Engine to be on the same instance. Frustrating, I know.
When I installed the cluster, everything was operational. However after I applied service pack two to the 2008 R2 Enterprise nodes, Analysis Services would not start. I didn’t notice the first time that it was after the service pack was applied until I removed everything and started over fresh.
The logs were not much help and I could not find much on the internet until I eventually found a friend who suggested that the service running SSAS needed to be in the local administrators group. Problem solved. Now my lesson learned is here for you as well. Enjoy!