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Is it possible to recover the whole exchange server with just brick level backups?

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I have a failed exchange server that I need to recoever - however I have only been doing brick-level (mailbox) backups using Veritas Backup Exec with the exchange agent and have not backed up the mailbox stores databases.

Is it possible to recoever the whole exchange server with just this?

What steps should I take?
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You don't have enough information to recover the Exchange server.

Is this a separate Exchange server from a domain controller, or have you lost everything?

If you have a separate domain controller, then you will need to build a server, then install Exchange using the disaster recovery switch. The server will then pull the information out of the domain.
Once that process is complete, the user mailboxes will need to be recreated.
Finally recovery from the brick level backup and import the content in to the correct mailboxes.

You will not have any of the public or system folder content. That will mean no free/busy information.

As you have discovered, brick level backups are close to useless for disaster recovery scenarios.

If you have lost the entire domain, well you will have to rebuild the domain, recreate the user accounts, reinstall Exchange and mail enable the user accounts. Then hope you have enough information to restore the data.

To be honest - if you have a failed Exchange server with only a brick level backup, I would bite the bullet and call Microsoft. They will sit with you for the entire process - which will be well worth the fee.

Simon.
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The domain is on a seperate pc which can be recovered - i will try your suggestion
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