transfer exchange database

Is there a way to transfer or import an exchange database from one server to another? I have the database files from one server. I don't want to restore that database to the origional server because its old. I need to pull out some old deleted contacts from a mailbox. I have another test server setup that I want to import or transfer the database into. There is nothing in the test server exchange database that needs to be kept.  
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fbetagAsked:
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SembeeCommented:
Depends.
If the old server was part of the same domain and Exchange org then you should be able to mount it in the Recovery Storage Group. If it was not then things become very complex and would probably require the use of a recovery server and recovery domain. Another option if you have the raw files is On Track Power Controls, but that is quite expensive.

Simon.
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ATIGCommented:
1. You can do a move mailbox and move all the users to the new server which is the way you should go----

what you are referring to is database portability which is now in Exchange 2007 :P


Exchange user has AD information that points them to that db residing on that server so you cannot just move a db and mount it to be functional. if you attempted to mount it all the users mbx's would show up as disconnected and you would then have to reconnect all thier mailboxes.

The copy of the data, the hassell etc.....is not worth it when a mbx move can solve your problem,

just make sure you enable ciruclar logging during the move or you may run out of disk space due to logs.
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fbetagAuthor Commented:
How about if I backup the current db files on the old server then copy the old db files to the old server and use exmerge to pull the information form the mailbox? then move the current backed up data base back?
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SembeeCommented:
Huh?

I have read what you have written twice and still don't understand it.
Is the old server still live then? If it is, then just mount the old database that you need to remove data from in to the recovery storage group.

Simon.

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fbetagAuthor Commented:
Yes the old server is still live. The old database can be mounted along with the current database on the same exchange server?
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