Exchange 2010 cannot create send or receive connectors "You must provide an value for this property"

I have Exchange 2010 SP3 on a Windows 2012.  I've tried a few instances of this install on my test domain so I can work out the install however I'm trying to create a simple Send SMTP internet connector and no matter if I use the EMC or powershell cmdlet the response is "you must provide a value for this property".  Same thing happens when I try to create a receive connector.  I cannot find a good article to help me fix this.  

You must provide a value for this property.
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (0:Int32) [New-SendConnector], DataValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 94A3BE3B,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemConfigurationTasks.NewSendConnector
    + PSComputerName        :
Joe GIT personalAsked:
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Is the MS Exchange Transport service present and running?
Being unable to create either kind of connector is unusual, I would therefore be suspecting a bad installation.

Also - this is Windows 2012 and not 2012 R2?


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Joe GIT personalAuthor Commented:
it is Windows 2012 R2 and yes the ms exchange is running.  

I was installing it again on the same domain.  In the start of the 2nd install I had to edit the adsi a few times to get it going.  The first was at install it was asking to go into recover mode since there was another instance and I had to delete a offline address book.  

Since it may be possible its a bad install.  Should I completely remove the exchange? - is that possible and start again?
Joe GIT personalAuthor Commented:
I can't even remove it in maintenance mode.  Same error.  "provide value".
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Joe GIT personalAuthor Commented:
My constant reinstalls and testing drew up a bad install.  I'm doing it from scratch with a clean domain/exchange environment.
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
"Windows 2012 R2 "

That isn't a supported OS for Exchange 2010, which is probably a lot of your problems.
Windows 2012 is the latest version you can go to.

Download Exchange 2010 SP3 and the latest rollup. Put the rollup in the Updates directory and it will be installed a the same time.

Joe GIT personalAuthor Commented:
I'm going to use Windows 2008R2 then.  thank you
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