For no known reason, my Exchange 2003 Services stopped operating on a Windows 2003 SP2 server; this happens from time to time but restarting services or restarting services usually clears it up. When I checked services in this instance, the Exchange related services were stopped BUT the IIS/SMTP services were NOT in the service list at all. I have no suspects for deleting these services so I need to know if this has happened to others.
I'm currently running a full Exchange backup before proceeding with troubleshooting, in large part based on Microsoft KB 320202 which I found in response to a search on the Exchange error 1083 when failing to start the Microsoft Routing Engine (although all other services do start). This may address getting IIS/SMTP and Exchange back in operation but not the underlying issue of how/why IIS/SMTP disappeared in first place.
High points for weirdness and priority.
I'll be back in a few hours to check on responses... please don't consider a delayed response as a lack of interest -- I'm rebooting my brain while the backup runs. Thanks.