Sunday, April 03, 2011

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 on Windows 2008 Server R2 post-installation gotchas: Microsoft Exchange services start up issues

 

This is due to Microsoft Exchange Forms Based Authentication service not running; possibly after a normal reboot or power failure.

This is a Microsoft known issue since Exchange 2003 and also affects the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service. Read and use the solution in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940845

Microsoft reports that this issue affects installations of Exchange on Domain Controllers due to the delayed Global Catalog availability but it is prevalent even on standalone Exchange installations.

The only solution thus far is to configure the affected services with a Automatic Startup (Delayed) as opposed to the default Automatic Startup.

Also enable the 1st, 2nd and 3rd service recovery to attempt startup of the services if startup failed in the first try.

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