rebuild first exchange server

Posted on 2007-07-29
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We have an exchange 2003 server running on windows 2003 server.  The exchange databases are located on an external fibre attached SAN.  The OS on this server is now corrupt and we need to rebuild this server with the same name/IP address etc and attach the existing SAN drives to the newly built server.  Can this be done?

This is also the first exchange server in the organisation with 3 others online so the exchange roles would need to be seized
Question by:dazzler1971
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If you rebuild this server by restoring from your backup (system state data) then yes. Otherwise, if you are talking about installing the OS and creating all user accounts then NO. Naming the server with a same name & IP will still has a different SID; if you create user accounts they will have a different SID too.
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The fact that you state you have other Exchange servers in the organisation I assume it's safe to say this wasn't your only AD domain controller, if it was one at all?

I think the following guide will walk you through what you need to do - http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Failed-Exchange-2003-Member-Server-Using-Disaster-Recovery-Switch.html

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