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How can I move exchange mailboxes from a server that died to a new server on the same domain (move files?)

bcameron70 asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
We were upgrading drives on our exchange 2003 server and the original drives went corrupt (AD got messed up causing the lsass error) and we have been through many articles trying to resolve, but to no avail.

We are reloading the unit with the new drives now

The old drives and their data is accessible when slaved to another system

Is there any sneaky way to pull the mail and mailboxes from the old drives into the new ones and get them to work properly.

I am going to try to export items from the local cached mod eof outlook for the time being so not all is lost.

Any help is appreciated for a slick fix.

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I'm looking for the documentation, but having a hard time tracking it down
You don't happen to have the link do you?


OK, I think I found the guide.  200+ pages, ugh.
I'm reading, I'll be back


OK, I read through the document.  I found the /disasterrecovery switch part at the end.

Do I name the new server same as the old?
What is the systemstate backup you mentioned above? Our backups failed for the old unit.
Do I move the IIS folder over as well as the c:\programfiles\exchsvr (I think that is what it was called)

THanks for the "hand-holding"

It's going to be a little more difficult.
The SystemState backup is the backup that restores the IP address, computer name etc. etc. It's not the end of the world that you don't have one but regard it as something that will make life more difficult for yourself.

So, the computer name will be the old name, it has to be. You don't move any information at all. The installation of IIS normally and then the /disast... setup will put all the settings back that you need.


Great Job, The microsoft instructions were as you said "verbose" but it gives a good understanding of what is going on.

The process was actually pretty bulletproof!  Just remember to copy your data store first and make sure all the updates are in order before you copy the store (exchange and server).

I'm going to make a disaster recovery unit to have on hand now just in case.  We only have 25 people, but they do complain.  What did we do in the days before e-mail, talk?

Thanks again, you hit it on the head right off the bat (before I hit myself on the head)
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