Okay, I am running Windows Enterprise Server 2003 w/Exchange Server Enterprise Edition 2003. Everything was running smoothly for over a month. Then one day I started getting calls about OWA not working outside of the Local network. So I started experimenting with the settings in IIS and totally screwed up OWA. I determined that the only way to get it back was to uninstall IIS and Exchange. Before doing that, I stopped the MSExchange Information Store service and made a complete copy of the contents of the MDBDATA folder. I then restarted the service and made a backup of the information store with NTBACKUP. It seemed like everything was peachy. That was until I tried to recover the backups.
I have tried replacing the contents of the MDBDATA with all the original files, then tried doing the same thing without the .chk and .log files. I tried restoring the .bkf file and it usually gives me a fit telling me that the server is not an exchange server and all this balogne. I tried using the Recovery Storage Group to mount the mailboxes, but I had pretty much the same problems that I had with just replacing files in the regular storage group.
From what I can tell, the database is consistent. I ran eseutil and it tells me status="clean shutdown." When I try replacing the new MDBDATA folder with the backed up files, the Exchange System Manager either hangs when trying to mount mailboxes or gives me some c1041724 error. I am now reinstalling exchange and going to see if it leaves the .edb files alone so maybe it will just use the old stuff.
In short, I am at the end of my rope. I have tried everything I know to do and have tried each at least twice. I have tried most of these on clean installations of exchange.
I would appreciate any help that anyone can offer. Thanks.