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Recovering Exchange 2003 store to a new Server 2003 installation after crash

I have to restore a server 2003 r2 and I need some help with making sure exchange 2003 get configured properly again.

I have backed up the information store using ntbackup, however I need to start from scratch with the Domain controller on server 2003.

My question is, once I get my Domain Controller set up with the same domain and server name as the original that crashed, do I have to create the same users that were in the exchange store? When I go to install exchange using the /disasterrecovery switch and specify the backup we made, will it associate those mailboxes for me automatically?

Whats the best procedure for this since im essentially starting the DC and domain from scratch but need to preserve the exchange backup.
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Was this the only DC? If you only had 1 DC and dont have a backup you have a lot of work ahead of you........

because the new AD will not have been preped or anything

please take a look at these articles.. pretty good info out there.

Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery Operations Guide

Exchange 2003 - Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool (ExDRA 1.0)

jhuntinAuthor Commented:
Yes it was the only DC, and I want to install the server from scratch because it got all screwed up. I can in fact get the system state from it, but I dont want to have it restore files, etc. Would this help b restoring from syste state when installing the OS and then recoving the exchange store?

then you would need to build new dc/gc
install exchange to prep forrest and install...

try to mount the db which might require eseutil..... if you can get it mounted it should show all the mbx's as disconected

but you will still need to recreate all your users....

would be easier if you got the system state to get your AD back properly, but thats your call
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