Exchange 2000 rebuild/restore/recovery
Posted on 2003-03-04
I need to rebuild the RAID system on my client's current Exchange 2000 server, but they have no backups (long story) and one of the drives is reporting a predictive failure. I was told by a friend that I could set up a second server, promote it to DC, replicate the accounts over to it, then demote the original server, rebuild it, and promote it to DC again and replicate back. I have tested this in a lab environment and was successful for the Active Directory user accounts, but not the mailboxes. The person that recommended this approach has only performed this successfully on Exchange 5.5, so he cannot help me. The only information I have been able to find on Exchange replication refers to 5.5, and my understanding is that in 5.5 the directory was part of Exchange, whereas in 2000, it uses Active Directory instead. So I guess my question is can this be done, and if not, what are my options? Thanks.