Exchange 2003 and outlook Syncronization not working on cloned machine / server
Posted on 2007-10-11
Exchange 2003 running in virtual machine on VMWARE. Ten or twelve clients machines varioius OS's and outlooks 03 / 07.
The exchange database corrupted (grew to big for data disc in the virtual machine) So I eventually finished up having to restore an old Clone of the exchange machine (actually SBS 2003 with exchange) which runs in the datacenter.
The server fires up OK and to all intensive purposes is the same one that went down but 5 months older.
Clients can connect etc too and email downloads from a linux server into the exchange accounts via GFI Pop downloader with no problem. Can access via webmail and the certificate is the one originally installed as it is a cloned virtual machine.
Problem: the clients will not syncronise with the server to "upload" the missing email from the OST's to the Exchange mail box. Nor will it download email from the mailbox to the OST.
other email accounts come into the ost files too so basically the OST's are the most important element here. However some email has now come into the new exchange server.
If I Delete/Rename the OST files I will only be able to get a copy of the "old" mailboxes with some new email (A days worth now)
What is the best process to be able to restart syncronisation between the two? Exporting to a pst first then recreate an OST. on the client to start the syncronisation / sync with the server and then import the pst to the new OST ? or is there an easier less labour intesive way anyone knows of. (indeed will the importing of the pst work correctly as a potential solution?
Does anyone also know why a clone just 5 months "out of date" would not syncronise with the ost files when it was powered back on as a virtual machine? (I dont think the virtualisation has anything to do with the problem I just wanted to explain how exact a clone this is)
Any thoughts / advice / observations etc most appreciated!