When trying to start my server in SQL Server Configuration Manager as usual, I got the message:
“The request failed or the service did not respond in a timely fashion. Consult the event log or other applicable error logs for details.”
I couldn’t consult the log because no log was generated today.
So, the solution was a bit embarrassing. I removed the password from my logon this morning. Apparently, SQL Server doesn’t like Windows logons with no passwords.
Once I added a password again, and typed it into the properties for the SQLExpress server, everything went back to normal. Phew.