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Restoring Ex200 database to Ex2003 Recovery Store

As many of you know, I had an Exchange 2000 machine die midway through a migration to 2003.  The 2003 Exchange server (running on Windows 2003 server) is up and running great, but there are a few mailboxes I need to recover from backup off the old server.  Instead of building up a "backup" Exchange 2000 server and going the traditional route (These are NT backups only), could I simply just restore the 2000 Information Store to the "Recovery Store" on the new server and export data to .pst's that way?  
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No.  Unfortunatly the only way to restore the data is under the same machine name, same domain, same site name.  You will not want to import the data into your working environment due to a potential issue with brick level restores.  (They can cause significant problems.)  I will often just setup a virtual machine and install an OS and a store off of the network and restore the data and exmerge the data to PST files.  I then disable exchange and the DNS server and put the computer back on the network (even change the machine name if necessary) and then copy the files over.  This is a little time consuming, but you avoid a potential problem that could result in bigger problems.

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