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The BuildMaster Service was not starting, probably after the lastest windows updates were applied. First discovered the problem with Jenkins and found this advice

https://issues.jenkins-ci.org/browse/JENKINS-15596

which worked so I also applied it to BuildMaster in bmservice.exe.config:
<runtime>
<generatePublisherEvidence enabled="false"/>
</runtime>

This also worked. Is this a known issue and is there a better work around / patch for it?

Thanks for the report, Andrew; if that's the case, then the problem is with the .NET CLR (and Windows Crypto) validating our code's signature.

Basically, the server is attempting to download a certificate revocation list and taking a long time due to no internet access... and the service isn't starting in the mean time.

It's not a big deal; we may ship with this setting in the future, as numerous folks experienced this as well.

Long story short... this is a suitable workaround.

Thanks for the work around.
Saved us much headache!