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SQL Mail fails in SQL Server 2008 (Windows Server 2008 32-bit)

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 07, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server

We do analysis and testing of different scenarios we might use to upgrade our SQL Server 7.0 upto newer version.

The last successful upgrade was done on SQL Server 2008 Standard and Windows Server 2003 Standard 32-bit. Now we do testing of SQL Server 2008 Standard installed on Windows Server 2008. This time we met a problem with SQL Mail service.

When we started the SQL Mail service by means of system procedure sp_startmail, we got error message:

SQL Mail session started.
Msg 17925, Level 16, State 1, Line 0
xp_startmail: failed with mail error 0x8004011d

The code 0x8004011d means and error MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER. Despite the error the MAPI session was started.
We know that, because if the procedure sp_startmail is run again, we receive the message: SQL Mail session is already started.
If we try to send an e-mail by means of procedure xp_sendmail, we get another error message:

Msg 17925, Level 16, State 1, Line 0
xp_sendmail: failed with mail error 0x80004005

The code 0x80004005 means the error MAPI_E_CALL_FAILED

We know that it is recommended to replace SQL Mail with Database Mail. But the xp_sendmail is used in 50 stored procedures. The change will take much time (development, testing, Change Management process).

We are happy, if we can make the MAPI functions to work 

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