Default SMTP virtual server will not start! Exchange 2003 running on windows 2003.

Default SMTP virtual server will not start! Exchange 2003 running on windows 2003. Exchange clients are all connected to the server, but email is jamming up in the SMTP outgoing queue.

Incoming email does not appear to be working either. I made sure that all the exchange services are all up and running, smtp service is running, and I rebooted the server.

I ran a chckdsk on the exchange hard drive as well. But nothing I have done has fixed the problem, and the smtp virtual server just will not restart.

Any ideas?

bterceroAsked:
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bterceroAuthor Commented:
After an update last night, server rebooted, and now the SMTP virtual server isntance will not start.

I checked the event log, I am getting an error 429. Virtual Server 1: The specified mail queue directory is not valid. Cannot start the smtp service.

I went into exchange manager, tried to manaully restart the smtp virtual server, get error:  The service has returned a service-specific error code.

I tried adding a new smtp virtual server, but that didnt seem to work.
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bterceroAuthor Commented:
I found the solution at this web site. It ended up being that a folder inside the badmail directory became corrupt. I had to delete the folder, run a chkdsk on the exchange drive, and recreate the folder.

Here is a link to the article that I found the solution:
http://www.kbalertz.com/Feedback_933781.aspx

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