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Hello,

I am creating a disaster recovery/test environment.  I have been able to restore my Active Directory as per Veritas documentation.  I am having some problems with Exchange 2000 restore.  When I install Exchange 2000, none of the services for Exchange are installed.  But when I open System Manager, it shows my two Exchange 2000 servers (it must have found this information from Active Directory that I restored) ...

Do you have any notes or Disaster Recovery Docs for Exchange with a bit of detail ???

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The following applies to BE 9.0 and 9.1 - I'm not sure of the process for BE 8.6

If you're using IDR, the IDR process restores the OS and Exchange software, but not the Exchange databases. You need to do that in a seperate restore operation. Go into System Manager and unmount the store you want to restore. Go into the BE Restore dialogue and select the Exchange private store *only*. Do not select the Public Folders or the restore will fail. Selecting the Private store will restore the Public Folders for you.

This link: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Email_Groupware/Exchange_Server/Q_21117613.html
details my recent experiences with a BE 9.1 DR test. My, that was fun.
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No, I am not using IDR ... any ideas for a basic DR restores ?
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Firstly, It's worth considering Veritas' IDR for your critical servers. Once you iron out the bugs in the procedure it makes life pretty simple. In the IDR test I've detailed in the above link, we would have gone from dead server to up and running in 90 minutes (60GB private store).  

Assuming you're using BE 9.1, refer to chapter 8 of the manual (page 411 on) for information on System State restore. Once you've recovered the OS and Exchange you then need to restore the Exchange database seperately. The most important thing I found is that you only select the private store for the restore. Do not select the public store. It is restored automatically. The link I posted earlier has some details. Also see:
http://seer.support.veritas.com/docs/235756.htm

This is a link to Microsoft's Exchange 2000 DR documentation.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=6e55dd49-8a6c-4f30-947e-bde95917f585

Best thing I can suggest is to get hold of a spare server and test it.  Also, make sure you back up the entire Exchange server.

Hope this helps.
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I thought my answer was really groovy :)
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