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Exchange 2003 server failure - how to recover EDBs. (Have another working domain controller)

Charles Dean
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Last Modified: 2010-03-06
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.
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busbar and mohdabsar,

Thank you for your speedy response and comments. One thing I didn't mention, is that whilst I know the server name, I do not know the exchange site or organisation name ... very much assume these are held in AD somewhere on the working domain controller but so far no luck in finding them.

BusbarSolutions Architect

they are, this is why u r using the disaster recovery switch.
I think now you need to find LegacyExchangeDN  

check the links


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