We are recovering from a near-disaster. Our Exchange 2003 EE server (Win2003EE) was on a VMWare VM. We had had no issues with it until the file system (VMFS) apparently got corrupted. Once a VM was shut down, all the files for the VM became unavailable. Browsing the datastore showed 0 folders as if it was freshly formatted.
Once we were aware of the problem, we began migrating user mailboxes, folders, etc to a backup mail server (another VM elsewhere). The migration was successful. However while trying to back up the original mail server. It crashed and all files were lost. We have a good image of this original mail server from the day before the migration. Therefore it still has the mailboxes on it.
My question is, can we restore the original mail server's image, but delete the mailboxes. Then somehow migrate all the mailboxes/folders, etc back to the original mail server from the second mail server.
I' wondering if there is an easier method than the one I am pursuing. Restoring the original mail server, the DNS Server and a Domain Controller to an isolated network, removing the mailboxes, etc, then removing it from Active Directory. Once this is done cleanly, re-add the mailserver to the current domain migrate the mailboxes, etc and hope that it works.