Problem Starting the Exchange 2003 System Attendant

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Exchange | Posted on 18-06-2007


Had a very odd problem this morning with one of our mail servers, and the guy who normally fixes them is on holiday so it landed in my lap.

The server was rebooted yesterday due to ‘problems’ (no one could tell me what they were) , and when it came back up none of the exchange services would start, the first error in the system log was:

Error 7000
The Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service failed to start due to the following error: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

So another very useful Microsoft error to help me. I tried the obvious things like rebooting the global catalogue server, checked the size of the mail store etc but nothing was jumping out at me. The server hadn’t had any patch’s installed over the last week so I could rule that out.

I found a couple of web sites that said it might be a permissions problem in the registry, but that made no difference. I tried turning on more advanced logging options though the Exchange system manager but that didn’t give me much extra info.

I then tried to start the system attendant not through the services, but by running the exe the serviced used, called mad.exe in the exchange\bin folder. Running this finally give me a clue as to what was wrong. I got an error saying it could not run due to address.dll being missing.

I found this file in a couple of places on the server, and tried re-registering it at first but to no avail. Then I copied it into the bin folder where the mad.exe was, and got no error! I then went back into services, and started all the exchange ones and they all came up fine, and users could get at there email again.

I have no idea why this happened, I dont see any reason for the file to be missing, and the fix was less than obvious

Anything Google can do, Microsoft can (try) and do better

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Applications | Posted on 18-06-2007


I’ve just been having a play about with Windows live Maps ( At first look it does seem to have some pretty cool functions, such as the ability to install an activeX that gives you a 3D view, and you can rotate round it. This looks very good when viewing hills and large buildings

A lot of the images also seem to be of better quality than Google maps.

Problems do seem to happen when you start looking at different countries other than the US and the UK. I looked a the south of France and there wasn’t even any house’s being shown. So good features, but a long way to go yet if they want to challenge Google

Taking a Safari

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Applications | Posted on 12-06-2007


Well I never thought I’d say this again, but I am quite impressed with Apples Safari browser running on Windows (download

I am writing this post using it right now. It does appear to be far FAR faster than IE6, IE7 and Firefox.I’ve been to quite a few sites that might tax it, but so far it has performed very well.

It’s not all good though, I can make it crash if I try to surf through a proxy that wants me to authenticate. It brings up the login prompt, I enter my details and hit ok but the browser just dies on me.

Also, I can’t seam to get into the proxy settings in preferences/advanced. The change settings are greyed out. It looks like it’s getting its proxy settings from whatever the default browser is set to.
So if I make Safari the default I can’t surf. Plus I think it still might have a problem using an automatic config file (a .pac file). Old Macs used to have this problem (I think), I thought this might have been fixed.

I’m now classed as a ‘freelance’ writter

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Applications | Posted on 10-06-2007


Just a quick post to point you at my first ever article published at, that right people are going to pay me to write articles for there web site. Read the first one at here

I’ve had a couple of ideas for other articles, if anyone out there has any ideas of things I can write about drop me an email. It doesn’t mean ill be stopping writting on this blog, in fact it might mean I write on here more.

Just as another side note, I’ve started to watch Hero’s, its a rather quality show that I suggest you check out