We're testing our Disaster Recovery strategy which involves installing Exchange and AD on Virtual Server instances and restoring the exchange database from backup. I'm having difficulty doing this, and have a few questions:
BTW, I have read the Exchange Disaster Recovery Guide from Microsoft, but haven't found te answer to these questions...
1) We are using NT Backup as wel as Symantec LiveState, which is basically doing a file backup. If LiveState backups the exchange database files live, what steps are necessary to restore and repair any corruption and replay any log files that did not get into the main database. I was geting lots of errors trying to run ESEUTIL (I'll detail the errors in a later post).
2) Is it possible to restore (using NTBACKUP) Exchange databases to a new server? I created a new server with the same name as the old one (outlined in the steps here: http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Failed-Exchange-2003-Member-Server-Using-Disaster-Recovery-Switch.html
) but when I try to restore to the server I get DatabaseNotFound Jet errors, which according to MS's site means that the destination database has a different name that the source database, although I have confirmed that they are exactly the same.
I'm restoring the file backup right now and will try ESEUTIL again; I'll post specific error messages as I get them.
All other Disaster recovery processes (AD, file, SQL) are going great, but if I can't get Exchange back, there'll be hell to pay...
Any help is GREATLY appreciated.