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Hardware failed - need to restore exchange using old MDBDATA folder - help!

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Hi,
I'm in a bit of tight spot I think. Got an SBS 2003 server that the hardware failed on. The MDBDATA directory was located on a seperate disk in another enclosure and didn't go down with the server. There are no recent backups of the server. I've recovered the file server data and have reinstalled onto new equipment.
I'm now at the stage where I've got a blank exchange server (not connected to the internet so no mail coming in either). Active directory and Exchange are populated with the 30 or so accounts that used to be there - although no ones quite sure of the exact number.

Now I know that I can't just dump the old priv.x and pub.x files over the top of the new ones but is there some procedure I can go through to do more or less that?

The server had circular logging so there's only log files E00 and the latest one there.
If a few hours of email are lost we can deal with it.

Many thanks in advance,
Julian
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Hi Jeff

Thanks for that link. It does only refer to the use of an online backup as opposed to my offline one. I actually thought what the hell, I'll try to just remount the old database and see what happens.
Whadya know - they came up. There were only 20 users so I made 20 dummy accounts without mailboxes, re-attached all the mailboxex and ran exmerge to get the data out. Weird thing is I couldn't attach the mailboxes directly, i.e. if there was a mailbox called BOB it wouldn't attach to a user called BOB,  hence the use of temporary accounts. When I was done with that I made a new clean exchange database, re-created all the accounts and ran exmerge again to fill up everyone's accounts.

Points awarded anyhow.
Cheers,
Julian
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