OK, I'm basically an Exchange neophyte and here's my situation. We need to restore some Exchange data from our backup. I've been working on this for a bit without success and I believe the reason is because the Exchange server I was attempting to restore to is located in a test domain we have set up. The server name, domain name, Exchange organization...everything set up differently than in production.
What I'd like to do is to install this second Exchange server on the same network as our first, but I don't want the two "talking" to each other. I was planning on just taking down our first Exchange server while the second is up. However, I don't know if this will cause any issues or if there is a way of standing up the second server, doing the restore and pulling the data I need, and then take down the second server without having any impact on the first as far as the two sharing data/replicating/et cetera.
Any advice is appreciated.