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Opening an SBS 2003 Exchange DB

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Problem: I recently migrated a network from SBS 2003 to a full blown MS 2003 network. I used exmerge to extract the mailboxes before the migration. When the new exchange server was built I again used exmerge to bring the .pst into the new DB. Problem is that 2 mailboxes did not fully merge. I am missing all recieved mail from Oct 31 back to Jan 1st. I still have all the logs and DB files from the old server. Is there anyway to access this DB so I can restore these missing emails?


Note: Of course the missing e-mails had to be for the President and CFO.....

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Third party tools like On Track Power Controls can extract the data from the raw files.
You could see if the database will mount on the new server in a RSG, but I would be surprised if it will.
You will probably have to build a recovery server with the same domain, server and Exchange org name as the original machine so that you can mount the database.

Any reason you went down the exmerge route instead of a swing? I only do exmerge migrations in very limited circumstances.

Simon.
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Could you explain this "swing"?

I've always found exmerge to be very easy and reliable for small companies. Well reliable up until this point that is...
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Trying Ontrack as we speak. Keep them fingers crossed!
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Swing migration - build new Exchange server next to the original server, replication public folders then move the mailboxes using the move mailbox method. It is the best way of moving to a new server and will be the only way you can upgrade to Exchange 2007 - no in place upgrades with E2k7.

With Exchange 2003 to 2003 you can swing across in a couple of hours.

Oh yes... no downtime. None whatsoever. No disruption to email, no loss of email, no loss of data at all.

Technically should be a half swing - a full swing is going to an interim machine in order for the original machine to be upgraded to a new version of Windows/Exchange without doing in place upgrades.

Simon.
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Makes sense. I will keep that in mind for next time.

As for now though... any thoughts besides paying ontrack $1k?
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My other suggestions - try it in the RSG or build a recovery server. There is no native way of getting in to the flat files.

Simon.
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