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Restore Exchange 5.5 Data without NT Domain Accounts (SAM)

Hi There,

We have a single server domain that also runs Exchange 5.5.  The server would not boot and my collegues have reformatted the system partition and reinstalled NT4 SP6, I have the physical exchange store and directory MDB's that were luckly on other partitions but have not got any NT Domain user account information to restore!!  Is there any hope of getting my exchange data back?

I have tried reinstalling NT and exchange with identical domain, site, server and organisation names but I cannot get exchange to load when I copy back the origenal dir.mdb and priv.mdb, it says I don not have permission to access the exchange server.

Please help,

Adrian
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anetworkCommented:
You have lost the directory, but should be able to get at the mailboxes.  Try this:

Reinstall exchange with same org and site names, with databases/logs on same drives
Stop exchange, copy in priv.edb and pub.edb (not dir.edb)
eseutil /p /ispriv
eseutil /p /ispub
isinteg -patch
start IS
run IS consistency adjuster - recreates directory

--Brommers
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adrianhockeyAuthor Commented:
seems to work in test environment will try tomorrow for real!!!
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adrianhockeyAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much,

Adrian.
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anetworkCommented:
You are very generous - thanks

Adrian Bromley
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adrianhockeyAuthor Commented:
Did you only get 50 points for that???
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anetworkCommented:
No, I got 2000!! I am delighted - I understated it a bit in case you didn't want it public.

Thanks very much indeed.

Adrian Bromley
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Sausage_fingerCommented:
Hi,

I run "eseutil /p /ispriv" command for my 15 GB priv.edb. It took over 4 hours and terminated with error message "Operation terminated with error -1017 (JET_errRecordDeleted, Record has been deleted)". Is this normal?

Cheers "Sausage_finger"
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