Posted on 2006-04-08
Last Modified: 2006-11-18

I have recently installed a new windows 2003 sbs for a customer.

I have configured exchange, set up Outlook. All is fine except i need to restore the companys address book and public folders from the old server.

Unfortunatly Exchange has been removed from the old server, BUT backups are available.

Can anybody advise which files to restore, and where to restore to? The old server was Exchange 2000!

Question by:ASADRAHMED
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    If the old server was Exchange 2000 SP3 or higher, then you might be able to use an Exchange 2003 recovery storage group.
    Otherwise you are looking at building a recovery server on another machine, with the same name and domain name as the original server. Restore in to that, then extract the data using exmerge.
    Take a look at this question for more on the recovery server technique:

    Failing that, you are looking at third party tools, something like On Track Power Controls.

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    If i can restore the public folders database onto the new server, can i not just import this into the new server?
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    The RSG will only work for mailbox store, not the public folder store. You can only use the RSG because Microsoft have built in compatibility for it. You cannot restore an Exchange 2000 database to an Exchange 2003 server straight as the databases are not compatible.

    For the Public folders you will have to use a recovery server, and then export the public folder content to PST files.

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    Ontrack Powercontrols will help you restore your public or private stores.  It is expensive, what is your data worth?

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