Virual Pop3 Server problem

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Toby Widdows, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Toby Widdows

    Toby Widdows Guest


    Odd one this.

    A customer has the above system, it all works fine, apart from when we
    reboot. When a reboot happens the POP3 Virtual Server in the the Exchange
    System Manager does not start. All the Exchange Services start including the
    Microsot POP service. Once the server has rebooted we can go and start the
    the Virtual Server by right clicking hte POP3 virtual server in the protocols
    area, and then clicking start.

    If we stop the POP3 service in services manager, and then try to restart it
    stays in the "Starting" state, and we have to reboot the server then to

    Any body got any bright suggestions?

    Cheers in advance

    Toby Widdows
    Toby Widdows, Oct 21, 2006
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  2. Turn it off?

    Why have you got it turned on? It's not needed for proper operation of SBS
    under normal circumstances, and its use should be extremely rare (IMAP or
    OWA is a better choice, Outlook over the Internet better still).
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Oct 21, 2006
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  3. Toby Widdows

    Toby Widdows Guest

    ineteresting solution, however there are clients running incredimail, and
    they are proving hard to convince to change. I have not looked into
    incredimail to see if it supports imap, but i will do.

    I would however still like to know why its not working


    Toby Widdows, Oct 21, 2006
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    kj Guest

    The event log should provide some details about why it failed to start.

    I'm assuming the service it set to start "auto".
    kj, Oct 22, 2006
  5. Toby Widdows

    Toby Widdows Guest

    HI KJ.

    Yes as posted originally all the exchnage services start automatically, it
    just the virutual pop3 server node that does not start.

    Nothing at all in the event logs. its almost as if it does not try to start
    the server at all.


    Toby Widdows, Oct 22, 2006
  6. Toby Widdows

    Carl Brooks Guest

    Hello. same problem here. fresh install of SBS2003 R2 on a brand new box.
    Other services start fine but default POP3 server needs to be started
    manually after each reboot.

    No message in the logs concerning it's failure to start automatically, and
    no problem when starting it manually each time.

    Any clues appreciated! Tx, Carl.

    Carl Brooks, Nov 2, 2006
  7. Toby Widdows

    Toby Widdows Guest


    We did a work around in the end.

    Set the microsoft pop3 service to manual.

    set a schedule to run a batch file which has :-

    net start "microsoft Exchange POP3"

    in it. Run this with the scheduler either when a logon occurs or when a
    system startup happens, which ever works best, we have our servers
    automatically loging on. Alternativly if you restart with a schedule run the
    batch file 30 minutes after the reboot.

    Hope thats clear.



    Toby Widdows, Nov 2, 2006
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    Carl Brooks Guest

    good workaround Toby, thank you.

    Carl Brooks

    Carl Brooks, Nov 2, 2006
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