Auto Start Virtual SMTP - Windows Server 2008 R2


We are experiencing issues where Virtual SMTP stop, I am aware of the following scripts to start and stop the service:

To Start:

$SMTP.ServerState = 2

To Stop:

$SMTP.ServerState = 4

Any idea how I can put this in a script to check the service is in a stop state (4) and if so to start it and it into state 2.


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The question is why is the service stopping? If it stops due to a failure you may want to set recovery options to automatically start it again on failure. Start->Run->Services.msc - > go to properties of the service -> recovery tab and select Restart the Service for bot First, Second, and subsequent failures.

If you really want the start script to check if it is stopped (state4) and start it
if ($SMTP.ServerState -eq 4)
 $SMTP.ServerState = 2

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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
Are there any errors in the event logs?

Also, if you look into the IIS SMTP logs (you have logging enabled, right?), is there any event that occurs right before the SMTP site goes offline?

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