Friday, August 5, 2016

Sites and Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology Service

Ran into a weird issue today. The services on my labs Exchange server stopped working. When you try to restart them they error out with the following.

Now checking the dependencies shows that most Microsoft Exchange Services rely on the Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Service. No problem I think so I go to start that service and then I get this error.

After searching for a while and not finding a solution that fixed my issue I began to retrace my steps of what I did in my environment from when Exchange was working and when it went down. One of the things I was doing was deploying an empty test site on my DC.

Now I dont know why an empty test site that was not linked to anything broke my service, but it did. Once I deleted this test site and the test link I was able to start the Microsoft Exchange Active Directoy Topology Service.

Who knew ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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