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Initialization failed when trying to open Exchange Management Console

Server 2008 R2 running Exchange 2010 SP1
It was working this morning. No-ones admitting to doing anything on the server.
Now whenever I start EMC, I get the error
Initialization failed
The following error occurred while attempting to connect to the specified Exchange server 'server.domain.com':
Object reference not set to an instance of an object

Powershell also will not connect with the same error.
Starting up the EMC doesn't generate any errors in the event log.
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Sunil ChauhanExpertise in Exchange Server, Office 365 & Powershell ScriptingCommented:
hi can you check if you are connected to DC?
LostInMyBrainAuthor Commented:
Server connects to the DC, network access is normal, users can access e-mail via Outlook and owa. E-mails are being sent and recieved.
It does seem to just be the MMC/ powershell I can't access.
LostInMyBrainAuthor Commented:
Had various external engineers look at the server, none could find a solution, so ended up hauling an old server out of storage and replicating the databases over.
Swapped everyone to the new server and decomissioned/ reformatted/ reloaded the original.
LostInMyBrainAuthor Commented:
Some sort of poweshell issue was the closest explanation we got,but reformat was the only solution.

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