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We recently had a big crash on our server and ended up re-installing Windows NT, SBS (including Exchange Server 5.0) and had to create new profiles/mailboxes for all of our users. We managed to recover the old EDB files which we think contain all of our old e-mails and information. Could you please advise as to whether there is any way to retrieve the information from within these seemingly locked database files.
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by:snowolfe
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look on microsoft's site for the whitepapers about disaster recovery and exchange - you'll basically have to have another system to work with - you'll need to keep it completely off the network and install exchange AND nt with the same machine name, domain name, and site name - then restore from backup to this "spare" machine - then install outlook and log into each individuals box, export to a pst - and copy it by zip or something to the CLIENT machine, and have them re-import this pst, to their machine - i personally opted to tell them when our machine went out that the backup fried, and saved myself a lot of pain - but we don't have much info and they had extra copies anyway
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by:pistole
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adding to Snowolfe's comment:
You must Install the exchange server with EXACTELY the same organization name, too. It's probably as important as installing exchange in the same directory as the crashed system

Good luck.
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by:snowolfe
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yes - very true - because if you had adjusted the location of the files, and didn't on the new server - they would not restore correctly
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Toloui earned 100 total points
ID: 1622050
look into Exchange server resource Guide of MS Press ISBN 1-57231-632-2 page 65 " Moving Microsoft Exchange Server to another Computer

There are three procedure

a) Diff H/W and Compute name
b) same H/W and same computer Name
c) Diif H/W and same computer Name

You must follow these instruction in details and you can access your data on pulic, private and DS folders


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by:zoran1
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There is a microsoft exchange disaster recovery plam. Check under the document on MS WEB site. What you have to do
Reinstall the server with SAME SERVER NAME
Don't install Exchange through SBS utilities
Istall Exchange server by doing setup -R  (check the document)
It is important to create SAME organisation and site name
Install Exchange
Restore files 1. dir.edb into DSADATA subdirectory
                    2. priv.edb and pub.edb to MDBDATA subdirectory
open command promt and go to exchsrvr/bin subdirectory
run ISINTEG -PATCH
and start services. Your e-mails shoul be there. You will have to reasign user mailboxes to the users
Get thet document called Exchange Server Disaster Recovery. If you have technet, it is there.
Zoran
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by:zoran1
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There is a microsoft exchange disaster recovery plam. Check under the document on MS WEB site. What you have to do
Reinstall the server with SAME SERVER NAME
Don't install Exchange through SBS utilities
Istall Exchange server by doing setup -R  (check the document)
It is important to create SAME organisation and site name
Install Exchange
Restore files 1. dir.edb into DSADATA subdirectory
                    2. priv.edb and pub.edb to MDBDATA subdirectory
open command promt and go to exchsrvr/bin subdirectory
run ISINTEG -PATCH
and start services. Your e-mails shoul be there. You will have to reasign user mailboxes to the users
Get thet document called Exchange Server Disaster Recovery. If you have technet, it is there.
Zoran
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by:snowolfe
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toloui - seeing as that has already been proposed - it's not exactly polite to be posting that as an answer
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