Came in the office today to an issue with a MOSS box that was recently stood up in our lab environment.  The server was configured to do automatic updates, and installed SharePoint updates overnight.  Turns out the upgrade portion of the update failed, and perusing the diagnostic logs revealed the following error:

Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer '.'

I came across the following blog posting that ultimately supplied the remedy:

Bill Baer : KB934525 Troubleshooting "Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer '.'."

Option #4 took care of things:

  • On the machine where psconfig failed to start the SPAdmin service run:

%commonprogramfiles%Microsoft SharedWeb Server Extensions12BINpsconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force