System Attendant Fails to Start with Event ID 33, Source SideBySide

Today was the day when someone was upgrading their exchange server 2010 SP2 servers to SP3. Everything went well unless one of the servers that got new update did not want to start Microsoft Exchange System Attendant Service.

While trying to start the service it threw an error at every time it failed.

Log Name:      Application
Source:        SideBySide
Date:          21-04-2013 14:52:41
Event ID:      33
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Activation context generation failed for "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\bin\mad.exe". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.ATL,processorArchitecture="amd64",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.


System Attendant startup related issues are usually due to something wrong in AD or the service failing to connect any domain controller during start up. This particular case was not related to AD although.


The fix was very simple.

Download and install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64) and start the System Attendant.



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