I have several SBS 2003 servers, that today 23/03/2009, 9 had the same issue the SMTP Service starts but the Virtual SMTP in the exchange console does not, and the following event is logged.
The service could not bind instance 1. The data is the error code.
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0000: 40 27 00 00 @'..
the only way I can get the SMTP working is by running a
then start the simple mail transfer protocol
after that run a
and the system works until the next restart.
there is nothing is using the port 25 i ran a netstat and confirmed this. I have also remove antivirus software just in case, this to had no effect. I have checked there hasnt been any windows updates. I am a loss please assist.