How to restore Exchange onto another computer?
Posted on 2003-11-06
Basically my exchange server is not responding. (Server A). We have over 200 mailboxes on this server. My plan is to build another server (Server B) with a brand new information store.
The database files are fine and do not need to be restored from backup. The problem lies with the server itself cause it cannot see the GC.
a) My plan is to somehow import the mailbox from Server A (I can see the MDBDATA dir) into Server B. How can this be accomplished?
b) If I do somehow export the mailboxes from Server A, the GC will then moan cause the mailboxes exisit on Server A and cannot exist anymore. How do I get around this one?
c) A possible solution to the above is to rename all the mailboxes on Server A (via GC server) to mailboxA (instead of mailbox) and then re-create accounts on the new server, very slow process but I cannot see another way.
Basically I need to know how to move mailboxes from server A to server B. Server A cannot access the GC, but we know the info store is fine. If we simply mount the info store on Server B will the GC notice the changes or will it moan saying that the mailbox already exists on server A.