I have two domain controllers running 2003 standard (no service packs.) Server no. 2 which was running Exchange Server 2003 std. has failed due to a registry corruption (whilst applying a hotfix for NT backup) and won't boot, repair etc. Obviously no backups :)
So I've got my Active Directory safe on Server #1 and now hoping to be able to restore all the mailboxes from the EDBs which are safe on a different partition. I'm planning to re-install the OS on Server #2, promote as a DC, and then install Exchange 2003 std. (I appreciate running Exchange on a DC is not advised but there are seperate reasons for this.)
My question is how to proceed and ensure the best chance of recovering all the mailboxes from the EDB files. Do I keep the name, same site etc. etc.
Any help would be much appreciated.