Restore database without Active Directory info
Posted on 2004-10-20
I have an single Exchange 2003 server (on Win 2003 and not a BDC) and a single PDC (Win 2003. Just to be honest, I screwed up something majorly the other day in Active Directory on the PDC using the ldp utility by accidentally hitting a wrong button on the drop-down menu. I swear this is how it happened. Although I probably didn't go about it correctly, I disjoined the Exchange Server from the domain because it'd hang on boot trying to start the System Attendant et al.
I have since rebuilt the Domain Controller with the exact same internal domain name etc, as closely as possible to the original. I've recreated all users etc. What I need to do is somehow rejoin the Exchg 2003 machine to the domain and get the db re-mounted.
All database/log files etc. on the exchange server remain as they were when the machine was disjoined. I've read tons of guides on-line, but what I am looking for is some solution revolving around reinstalling exchange and creating the exact same organization name (??). I realize that domainprep and forestprep will extend AD with the requisite exchange info for basic usage, but I also need to populate the directory with Exchange System Objects that existed at the time of implosion. Namely, public folders, of which there were a ton. If there is an easy way to grab the public folders from the old db import them or something, I'd settle for that. Most of our small number of users have laptops, so we've exported PST's for now...