How to install a test Exchange 2003 server for testing backups.

Posted on 2007-08-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I will start off with some background information  as well as what has been tried up to this point.

I need to install an Exchange 2003 server for the purposes of testing backups made with CA ArcServe 11.5 taken from the production Exchange 2003 server.
I do not want the new server to be related in an way to the existing production server.   I would like a simple standalone installation for testing Information Store backups.  The test exchange server does not even need to be able to route mail.

I attempted to simply install a second Exchange server on a Windows 2003 member server within our existing domain.  The exchange installation detected our existing production exchange server and wanted to become the second exchange server in the domain.  There was no indication on the set up that I could chose another option so I canceled the installation.

I then created a new forest with a new domain and installed Exchange 2003 there.  The exchange server is operating correctly however since the test domain has its own active directory the test server nor domain shows up in the list of available servers in ArcServe when I attempt to set up a restore operation.  It looks like a forest provides a little too much isolation from the production domain.   I am currently considering adding a second disjointed domain to the production forest but I figured I would get some advice before proceeding further and possible hitting another dead end.

That being said I suppose my question is   "What is the best way to set up an exchange server so that it can be restored using ARCServe and not interfeer with the current domain?"   I am willing to completly trash my current test domain and forest and start over if need be.
Question by:skykingjwc
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    why setup a brand new test exchange server to test your backups?  recovery storage groups make life better and dont affect production aspects of your production server:

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    Author Comment

    Wow.  Looks like a huge oversight on my part.   I will try this and see what happens.   Thanks.

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