I've got a test environment where I've done multiple restores over the past four years. Currently it's setup in a pretty precise mirror image of what i have in production. 4 Exchange servers, same site, same org. I had to do a restore on one of the servers yesterday and bring it back to December 13th (yup... they deleted a file that fell outside of our 21 day recover deleted items window!).
Anyway, after the restore from December 13th--the directory service wouldn't start, I finally got it to start by shutting down the other 3 exchange servers... and then the dir service started on the restored system. I could also start the exchange services on the other 3 systems. However, I still cannot shutdown the service on the restored exchange server and restart the directory service. No error event logs.... just the "took too long to start" error message on the Win2k server. The event log just shows a startup and a shutdown of the directory service. I thought it might have to do with the old date of the restore.... so I restored the server with the original dir and info store from Jan 1. Same result. Any ideas? All servers are Windows 2000 Server, sp2 Exchange 5.5 sp4 Did install ADC (from ex sp2 cd) on one of the AD servers in the testnetwork... although the service is stopped in all scenarios. Josh Harmon _________________________________________________________________ List posting FAQ: http://www.swinc.com/resource/exch_faq.htm Archives: http://www.swynk.com/sitesearch/search.asp To unsubscribe: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Exchange List admin: [EMAIL PROTECTED]