rebuild exchange 2000

hello I have a user that would like to remove all teh exchange information from the server reinstall windows 2000 server, and then put back the exchange stuff. will this work, and if so how would I go about doing it

Jason
eberhardt2329Asked:
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jdeclueConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here is the article on using the Disaster Recovery switch:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;297289&Product=exch2k

Here is the article on doing the off-line backups:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=296788

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jdeclueCommented:
Might be easier to remove the Exchange information from the users, then remove the store, create a new store and then give users a new mailbox. How many users?

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mikeleebrlaCommented:
i must say im confused on this one,, you say

"hello I have a user that would like to remove all teh exchange information from the server reinstall windows 2000 server"

why are you letting your users control the administration of your exchange server?????

i think what you want to do is this,,,,, stop the information stores,,, copy the databases to another location,,, rebuild the OS,, patch the OS,, reistall and patch Exchange,,, set up exchange like it was before,,, copy the datbase files back,,, restart the information store,,, remount the databases.

good luck

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jdeclueCommented:
I assumed that you are a contractor and this is a customer... I hope I was right! ;)

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mikeleebrlaCommented:
well then you should use proper terms then,,,  it should have read " I have a client/customer that would like to remove..."  user indicates that it is an end-user in your environment,, in either case,,,, i hope I answered your question.
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eberhardt2329Author Commented:
you are right, I am more of a novell guy learning the ropes for exchange. how would I copy the databases. if I do this I can blow the server away reset up the whole server reinstall exchange, and then copy the databse files back? thank you so much for your help

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mikeleebrlaCommented:
"how would I copy the databases"  any copy utility will do,,, you can even cut and paste them if youd like.
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jdeclueCommented:
Sorry , I had misread the question. Exchange 2000 has a disaster recover option. This allows you to rebuild a Windows 2000 server and then run Exchange 2000 Setup with the Disaster Recovery switch, it will ask for the location to the Database files and rebuild itself. I will see if I can find you a walk through on creating the backups and then running the setup with /disasterrecovery option.

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