- This is from Andrew, (author of original posting)
Yes, you guessed right - error 2140 when trying to start the service.
I ran the MTACHECK, and it reported that my database was clean, nothing to
fix. (darn!) In the event log, there are
"A fatal directory error occured, switch to maximum logging for more detail
[MTA MAIN BASE 1 15] 16."
"There is not enough performance monitor memory to display the MTA
connections Information. Stop attached performance monitors and restart the
MTA." - as far as I know I haven't instigated any performance monitoring of
any exchange services.
I only got this problem after I restored the offline backups of priv.edb,
pub.edb (mdbdata) and the dir.edb (dsadata) and run isinteg - patch. After
this, the MTA dies. Am I missing something ?
>> I just spent a riveting time wading through the ms whitepapers on
>>exchange disaster recovery/planning... geeze, what a mare. However, I am
>>fairly fluent in restoring offline DS and IS databases, but after getting
>>the DS and IS (pub+priv) databases working, I am now presented with errors
>>when trying to restart the MTA and EVENT services. (this seems not to be
>>documented in the whitepapers.) an `Internal windows NT error occured'
>>message now pops up when trying to restart the aforementioned services.
>>Any Suggestions Exchange gods ?
>If you don't use the Event Service I'd put it on the back burner and
>set its startup to "Manual".
>The MTA, OTOH, is a pretty important piece of software! The 2140 event
>can be cause by darn near anything (if that's the event that's
>recorded in the Applications Log). Can you be more specific about the
>Events you find in the Applications Log when the MTA tries to start?
>Post the EventID, Source, Category, Type, and Description fields from
>In general, the MTA checks itself when it starts, but you can perform
>the same check by running MTACHECK. It may, depending on what the
>problem is, repair the MTA database. Or it may not. But you'll at
>least know more about the problem.
>These MS KB articles are good starting places:
>Q163326 "XCON: How and Why to Run Mtacheck"
>Q162384 "XCON: How to Troubleshoot MTA Starting Failures"
>Q147704 "XCON: Troubleshooting Tips for: Exchange MTA Not Starting"
>MCSE, Exchange MVP