Exchange Server 2003 SP1 Not starting SMTP on reboot

Question: I have an Exchange server running SP1 (for exchange) which, when rebooted, gives the following error message:

Event ID 429
The specified mail queue directory is not valid. Cannot start the SMTP Service.

And of course, the SMTP Service doesn't automatically start. I have to manually go into the Admin console and start the smtp virtual server. Once I do, however, things run normally.

How can I fix this so that I don't have to go in and manually start the smtp virtual server every time I need to restart the server?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Chris StauntonCommented:
What's the location for your mail queue directory?  Sounds like it doesn't load before Exchange starts.  Maybe it's on a mapped network drive?

You can also "delay" services from starting until other things are loaded, for more information on delaying your services please see



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