I am trying to simulate a hardware failure in a test environment. I have a backup (using ntbackup) of the C:\Windows, the System State, and the Information Store (IS) from the Exchange Server. Now, I want to simulate that Exchange Server going down. I want to get Exchange set up on a different computer.
I install Windows 2003 on a new box, using a different computer name, and apply all of the Windows Updates. Then I install Exchange Server 2003 and install SP1. The I try to do a restore using the bkf file from the good server. That is where I am a bit confused as to what to do and what order I should do it.
Does the computer name of my new Exchange Server have to be the same as the "failed" Exchange Server? If so, how do I do that in Active Directory? It obviously will not let me rename a computer that already exists in AD. For example, the name of the failed exchange server is MAIL. I cannot rename the restored Exchange computer to MAIL, because that name already exists on the network.
Any help would be great as to how do this restore on the IS. I have seen a lot of documentation on Recovery Groups, however, not much on Information Stores.
Hopefully, there is a simple thing I am overlooking.
Thank you very much..