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Error when restoring Exchange 2003 database: specified computer is not a microsoft exchange server or its microsoft exchange services are not started

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Hi,

I am attempting to restore an exchange 2003 database following the death of a hard disk drive (see specified computer is not a microsoft exchange server or its microsoft exchange services are not started for my original issue).  In short, I have reinstalled exchange server using the /disasterrecovery switch.

I am now attempting to restore the data base \ information store with ntbackup and when I run restore, I get the message "The specified computer is not a microsoft exchange server or its microsoft exchange services are not started".

The local machine is the ms exchange server.  There are no other servers in the installaition.  All exchange services are running with the exception exchange event which will not start and the information store because it currrently does not exist on the server.  

I have flagged "this database can be overwritten by a restore" in Exchange system manager.  

Can someone plase offer advice on what this may be and how to get around it?

Thanks
Andrwe
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I have worked out this problem.  

I had Symantec Antivirus for MS exchange installed on the machine prior to the disk failure.  I have had reinstalled exchange but not symantec antivirus and this wasn causing a problem preventing the Information Store service from mounting.

I removed symantec antivirus.  The information store service now starts and the database is currently restoring.  

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Andrew

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