Initialization failed when trying to open Exchange Management Console

Posted on 2011-11-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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 '':
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.
Question by:LostInMyBrain
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    Expert Comment

    hi can you check if you are connected to DC?

    Author Comment

    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.

    Accepted Solution

    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.

    Author Closing Comment

    Some sort of poweshell issue was the closest explanation we got,but reformat was the only solution.

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