Restore Exchange 2003 Database on SBS 2003

Posted on 2004-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I have a SBS 2003 server.  The OS etc is installed on the C drive.  The Exchange server system files and database are installed on D drive.  

My D drive has died and I have replaced it - the C drive is still in tact so the system boots OK.  

I have a backup of the exchange data base with ntbackup, but don't have a wholesale backup of the D:.

Can someone please advise of a step by step process I need to follow?  I think I will need to do the following:

Reinstall Exchange 2003 from the SBS cd to the original location.  
Retore the database with ntbackup to the original location.  

I understand that the configuration is stored in the Active Directory, so think that the above should be enough.  Am I correct?  

Thanks in advace for your advice.  

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munichpostman earned 500 total points
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You will need to run Exchange Setup in disaster recovery mode.
This process installs Exchange applications and any required Exchange files to the server that you are rebuilding. This process also uses the configuration information that is stored on the Exchange Server object in Active Directory to reclaim the configuration of the original server. The configuration information that is reclaimed includes the Exchange storage group names, mailbox store names, public folder store names, virtual server configuration settings, and so on. When you run Exchange in Disaster Recovery mode, make sure that all the components that existed on the damaged server are selected.

To run Exchange in Disaster Recovery mode
1.      Insert the Microsoft Exchange CD.
2.      Click Start, click Run, and then type <drive>:\SETUP\I386\Setup.exe /disasterrecovery, where <drive> is the CD-ROM drive.
3.      On the Welcome page, click Next.
4.      On the Components Selection page, under Action, make sure that Disaster Recovery is selected for all components that were originally installed (Figure 3.41).
If any component that was originally installed does not have Disaster Recovery selected, you must manually select them. You also must know which administrative group the server was originally a part of.
Install Exchange to the same drive and directory as it was installed on the damaged server. By default, the Setup program correctly selects this information if you restored a Windows backup set first. Also, make sure that all the drive letters on which databases and log files were kept are available. You can use Exchange System Manager on another Exchange server in the same organization to determine what paths were used for storage group files and database files on the server being recovered.

This procedure applies to the following recovery methods:
•      Rebuilding an Exchange member server.
•      Using an Exchange standby recovery server.
Install the Exchange service pack that was running on the server. Make sure to install the service pack in disaster recovery mode, using the /disasterrecovery switch.
To install a service pack in disaster recovery mode
•      At a command prompt on the computer that you are updating type [path] update.exe /disasterrecovery where [path] is the location of the service pack you are installing.
Installing Exchange service packs in Disaster Recovery mode prevents the Exchange databases from being mounted at the end of the service pack installation process. Therefore, you can continue directly to restoring the Exchange databases from a backup. Once the restore is complete you will be able to mount the exchange databases.


Author Comment

ID: 12332496
Thanks for your help.  It is now resotred successfully.  

I did have the following problems in the restore process:  

After running Exchange Setup in disaster recovery mode OK, I attempted to restore the database and received the error: "The specified computer is not a microsoft exchange server or its microsoft exchange services are not started".  

The Information Store service would not start either.  

This was because Symantec Antivirus for MS Exchange was installed on this machine prior to the HDD failure and I had not reinstalled it after reinstalling Exchange.  I removed the program from the machine and the information store started OK, as did the restore.  

Thanks again for the great response!


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