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When you run Exchange 2000 Server in a cluster environment and a resource failure of the message transfer agent (MTA) occurs, the time that is required to complete a failure may increase.
The information store periodically tries to communicate with the MTA. Because the MTA has stopped responding, the information store waits for a period up to 10 minutes to determine that the MTA is no longer available. During this time, the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) virtual server is waiting for the information store to complete the operations that are required to bring the SMTP virtual server offline. As a result, the SMTP virtual server does not complete a graceful shutdown in the configured time-out value.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
301378 XGEN: How to Obtain the Latest Exchange 2000 Server Service Pack
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Service Pack 3.