Restoring public folders / OAB from backup - exchange 2000

Swapped hard drives on email server and used the swing over method. mailboxes went ok, but public folders weren't syncing and after reading/searching I saw that it can sometimes take weeks, so minutes / hours wasn't happening.

if I knew it would take long, I would have started earlier with moving the stuff over, but we needed to get the new drives in already so I went ahead with the new install. I'm going to move the mailboxes back, but does anyone have any tips as far as restoring public folders / OAB? the server name is different with the new install

Hopefully sembee will pitch in as he's helped with most of my email woos
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SembeeCommented:
The OAB cannot be restored - it is generated on the fly.
If you are restoring public folders from a backup then you will have to build a recovery server. This is basically a server with the same name as the original server. You will restore the public folder server to that server and then extract what you need using Outlook. Another option would be to simply restore the public folder store to a machine with the same name as the original server that is part of the production information store and then configure replication and wait.

Simon.
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Spawn_XAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply sembee. I worked through the night, did lots of reading, and also found that restoring must be done to the same file name. Luckly, and this will be confirmed later today, the only items in the public folders is an external address book which I think I'll just recreate.

Awarding you the points since you're dead on. I've got another odd issue come up - OWA will authenticate some users and not others, but i'm going to make another posting for that

Thanks.
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