When logging into the SEP management console we received the following error:
Failed to connect to the server.
Make sure that the server is running and your session has not timed out.
If you can reach the server but cannot log on, make sure that you provided the correct parameters.
If you are experiencing network issues, contact your system administrator.
Well, none of the above seemingly turned out to be the problem.
A quick search turned up the following:
For whatever reason the SEP Manager was not running. Once started the management console opened with no issue.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book