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Mount Exchange 2000 store as Exchange 2003 Recovery Store

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I have a dead windows 2000 small business server and we are building a new server that will Run Small Business Server 2003 instead of 2000.  Is it possible to mount an Exchange 2000 store as an Exchange 2003 recovery store and move the mailboxes.  If not, is there a different or possibly better approach?
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if you are going to install exchange 2003 using the same ORG and AG name then the exchange 2000 databases can be mounted in exchange 2003 if the databases are clean shutdown.
once the store is mounted, you need to run the cleanup agent and it would show as all the mailboxes disconnected. then you have to connect them to the respective accounts
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Is it better to mount them directly and just not create mailboxes when a set up the user accounts in the new directory structure then connect them to the accounts or can  I mount the Exchange 2000 database as a recovery store, then use exmerge to move them?
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you have both the options.

How to use Recovery Storage Groups in Exchange Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824126/en-us
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My understanding is that the domain name and exchange orgranization name must match.  How about the server name?
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I named the new AD domain to the same domain "domain.com" but I abbreviated the netbios domain, for example "dom". I created a recovery storage group and chose the only option when I click to add a database.  I then set the database paths for the group and copied in the exchange 2000 databases and attempted to mount them.  When I did I got a c1041724 error in exchange system manager and events 9518 and 9519 in event viewer in the application log.  Any suggestions?
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As you mentioned earlier that the old exchange 2000 server is dead and the database needs to be used on a new exchange 2003 server, my understanding is that the mailbox store on the new exchange 2003 server is empty.

when you expand the mailbox store and then expand the mailboxes under it, do you see any maiboxes there?
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The storage group would not mount and therefor I saw no mailboxes.  I had to repair the old SBS 2000 server and get it up and running to exmerge out the mailboxes and exmerge them into the exchange 2003 system.  The methods mentioned above did not work for me.  If anyone has a step-by-step procedure on how one would take a database from a downed exchange server and get it to work in either a recovery store or the standard mailstore with out being able to restore active directory I will award the points.  I'd want to have that information for the future.
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