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Posted on 2006-06-13
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I have an SBS that got eaten alive by a virus.  (I met the client afterwards...) I feel its beyond any fix and repair. Security policies cant be defined.  DNS is wacky.  I didnt do the install and I hate cleaning other peoples messes.   I would like to just format it and start over.  Its a small 5 man shop so resetting permissions and shares is easy.  However whats the best way to move exchange?  Also if I keep the same domain name and server name will I be able to reconnect the computers without logging them out of the old domain and then back in?

Right now they use the MS POP connector and Exchange mailboxes.  I'm a bit scared of orphan osts.  etc.  

Any tips/ideas would be great.

I do have an ASR disc so maybe I should try that first?  Never had much luck with ASR.

I have the server at my office.  My plan was to
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this is SBS standard
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If all their mail is in Exchange mailboxes, use the MS tool "ExMerge" to transfer the mail to the new server. It can be a 2 step process, where you export the mail, save the files somewhere, then format/reinstall and then import the mail back in to the new Exchange.
Exmerge Links:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/265441/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292509/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/259688/en-us

You will have to re-join the computers to the new domain, even if the name is the same. This means you will also have to re-configure their user profiles, so make sure you save their documents, etc. to a safe location.
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btw,
I thanks for the input.
I ended up just running a repair install and everything is happy.

Those always worry me but it kept everything in order.
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