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Last night I shutdown my Exchange 2003 Virtual Machine, I added a new VHD (For backups), and booted it again. Now I can't POP3 email from it with Outlook 2007. In Outlook I get the error:

Task ' - Receiving' reported error (0x800CCC0F) : 'The connection to the server was interrupted. If this problem continues, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).'

Does anybody know what is wrong? All I did was a reboot. I haven't formated the added disk. There are no weird errors in the event log.

I can still send mail with Outlook over port 25.

I can send and recieve mail with OWA.

I can POP3 the mail to my phone (it take about 15 minutes after sending a message, but I do get it eventually).

The 'Microsoft Exchange POP3' Service says that it is started but if I stop it and try to start it again, it fails saying 'Could not start the Microsoft Exchange POP3 service on Local Computer. Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.'

I did some googling and someone on said that if I use task manager to 'End Task' on inetinfo.exe, then I can start the POP3 service fine.

Does anyone know what causes this problem? I am fine for now since I did get the Service started, but If it does this after every reboot...

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To be honest, the Outlook error doesn't help too much. What would have been potentially useful: a manual POP session using telnet. If I were you, I'd schedule another reboot window, and test to see if this does actually happen every time or if it was just a one-off. – fission Feb 27 '10 at 21:15
I did try to telnet in following the instructions at . I just got a blank box. That is what pointed me toward restarting the POP3 service. What I don't fully understand is how my blackberry could pop3 from the server even though Outlook and telnet failed. – BLAKE Feb 28 '10 at 2:56
Either the BlackBerry isn't really POPping the mail (is there a BES server involved?) or the POP server likely would have responded to the telnet test eventually. In any case, I hope this is a one-off and not a regular event for you. – fission Feb 28 '10 at 5:18

I have the same problem - on restart of the server pop service is not available. What I do is I start it manually in Exchange System Manager ( Servers -> {Your server name } - Protocols -> POP -> default ) right click and choose start from popup

Not sure how to make the virtual pop server start automaticaly

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