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Microsoft Exchange Transport Service will not start - error 1053 timeout in a timely fashion

Last Modified: 2008-07-24
Following some DNS problems, users cannot recieve or send mail using Exchange 2007.

DNS issues have been resolved and dcdiag & netdiag run happily on all DCs.
We have 6 DC controllers one of which is Exchsrv, which is the server with issues.

After several restarts, Exchange 2007 will only start the following services by itself:
 - Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology Service
 - Microsoft Exchange Infomation Store
 - Microsoft Exchange System Attendant
 - Microsoft Search (Exchange)
These service startup on boot.

I cannot get the Microsoft Exchange Transport service to start at all.
When I run it manually it fails after 30secs with an error 1053 did not start in a timely fashion.
It is running under the Local System, but I have tried network service and domain administrator to no avail.

The Event viewer doesn't have any error messages that are relevant.

I've got of teaching staff who need their e-mail and my phone is red hot!!


I get the odd Event viewer message from the Topology category, but nothing from the transport service:
Process MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGYSERVICE.EXE (PID=5288). Exchange Active Directory Provider has discovered the following servers with the following characteristics:
 (Server name | Roles | Enabled | Reachability | Synchronized | GC capable | PDC | SACL right | Critical Data | Netlogon | OS Version)
hades.school.local      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
traphost.school.local      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
elyweb.school.local      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
dataserver.school.local      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
printsrv.school.local      CD- 1 6 6 0 0 1 1 6 1
exchsrv.school.local      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

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