SBS 2003-Event ID 2000-Verify MTA Service has started

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I just setup an SBS 2003 server (pre-install by Dell).  I am getting a few Application Event ID 2000 errors:
"Verify that the Microsoft Exchange MTA Service has started.  Consecutive ma-open calls are failing with error 3051."

I searched several forums and got very different resolutions ranging from ignore (SBS 2003 is supposed to do this) to reinstall SMTP.  I set the MTA service to automatic and started it (per one forum).  No erors resulted in this.

My question is: Is there a problem with having the MTA service running on SBS 2003?  If so, what should I do about this?

Question by:beyondt
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    You can probably  disable it:

    "Except for direct connectivity with external X.400 mail systems or running Exchange Development Kit (EDK) connectors such as Novell GroupWise Connector, Lotus Notes Connector, or a third-party Fax connector, dependencies on the MTA Stacks service have been removed in Exchange Server 2003. Therefore, Microsoft now supports pure, native-mode Exchange Server 2003 deployments in which the MTA Stacks service is disabled."

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    It was in fact diabled before I set it to automatic.  So if I disable it, I can ignore the error message?
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