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CItrix IMA datastore database lost.  Can it be rebuilt?

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I have a server that was the SQL server hosting the Citrix IMA datastore that had a hard crash and all was lost.  My 96 hours are now up and Citrix won't  play nice anymore.  Apps don't launch and I can't run the CMC either of course.

Is there a way to rebuild the IMA datastore from the existing information on the server, or will I have to start over and re-publish all the applications?
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by:CharliePete00
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Tell me you have a backup of the DB...even an old one.  If not you will have to start over because the data's just not there any more.

In the future backup, backup, backup!

Also I generally replicate the DB with the IMA Datastore with an instance of SQL (or MSDE) on another server so I can cut-over if necessary.  Service restored in 15 min if primary SQL DB fails.
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I have an older mf20.mdb file which would serve if somecan tell me how to link the IMA service that succuessfully.  I tried this last night but am still getting the same errors when attempting to start the IMA service:

"The Citrix MetaFrame XP Server failed to connect to the Data Store. Error - IMA_RESULT_FAILURE An unknown failure occurred while connecting to the database."

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After you get mf20.mdb up and running on another server see http://www.thin-world.com/dsmove.html on how to move the IMA data store from one server to another
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Once things are back up you will want to be sure to set up a regular backup of the DB.

You can also use SQL replication to maintain a live replica on a seperate SQL server to minimize down time between backups
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by:freymish
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The backup advice goes without saying!  This is a client's system.  I wasn't involved in the setup, just the aftermath!
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I ended up just rebuilding the farm.  and establishing some reliable backup/recovery procedures.  We can close this one out and refund the points.
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