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How to restore Exchange (.bkf) file onto different Windows 2003 Server

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I have been running an Exchange 2003 Std server for the past while without any issues.  This morning after rebooting my Win2003 Std server the Information store will not mount.  After attempting to troubleshoot that issue, I had decided to install Exchange on another server and consider restoring my ntbackup of our mail into that one.  I have installed Exchange 2003 on this new server along with the necessary SP.  Now I just want to restore the mailbox backup onto the new server store and begin migrating all my client machines over to the new one.  Can anyone assist to ensure that I don't screw up the new server?
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by:Sembee
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Any reason you didn't simply restore the backup on the original server?
Exchange databases cannot really be moved to another server without a lot of pain, ideally the new server would need to have the same name as the original server. Furthermore you will lose transactions carried out since the last backup.

Your best bet is to try and see why the store will not mount on the original server.

Simon.
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by:cancellcorp
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I tried to restore the backup to the original server.  I am unable to mount the store.  I keep getting the error c1041724.
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by:Sembee
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The prime cause of that error code is lack of disk space for either the database or the logs. That may also have caused the original database failure.

Simon.
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by:cancellcorp
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I still have 41.3GB left on C drive where I have the priv1 db located.
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by:cancellcorp
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Ok, what would be my best bet right now?  I have ran eseutil /p which took about 2 1/2 hours (20GB priv1.edb) and eseutil /d but still waiting on this one to finish...  I originally had a 'dirty shutdown' state so that is why I began to run the eseutil...  This will be the second time trying to run it... Still not able to mount.  I did have the public store mounted at one point...  What are my options now?  In order to get something running...  Could I also export individual Outlook offline data into a PST file in order to import it back into a mailbox file once I get mail flowing again?  So far it doesn't look promissing to recover this db.  That being said, how would go about removing this installation and setting up a new one, just to get mail flowing?
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by:Network_Data_Support
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i have fixed that by running a repair on the database but it was an emergency and i dont recomend it.

where are you restoring to? it will have to be on a server in domain with the same name and exchange org same name
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by:Network_Data_Support
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you will have to  Follow up with isinteg -fix after the repair
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by:cancellcorp
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I was planning to restore it to another machine however the current exchange machine is also our PDC.  In order to get something running, am I able to re-install Exch server on my PDC, removing all DB's and exchange.  then re-installing it?  
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by:Network_Data_Support
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the server does not have to be the same name it just has to be in the same organization and domain and the database and log files need to be in the same directorys with the database name being the same name as the one you are trying to restore
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by:Network_Data_Support
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so create the the store with the same name as the one you are trying to restore and in the (  )  make it the same name as the original server
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by:cancellcorp
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My eseutil /d finally completed.  Now the state does show Clean...   I will try the isinteg -fix...  As for the the ( ) name?  I used default settings for both installations of exchange, original and the my new one I just installed today.  The only thing different between them is the server names.  Can I restore the .bkf file to that new installation of Exchange on my other server?
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by:Network_Data_Support
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yes should work like i said as long as the database is the same name and the store so if it was mailbox store (server1) it needs to be called that on the new server

i would mount the new database and and then try ticking the box to allow overwriting of the database or just dismount it again then restore the bkf file
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by:cancellcorp
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I am just waiting for eseutil /G to complete.  I tried running isinteg -s <servername> -fix -test alltests and receive the 'check log file' but no log file?
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by:Network_Data_Support
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you may recieve several warnings when running that command but you can ignore them
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by:cancellcorp
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Ok.  Is it normal for the eseutil /G to take quite a while?  Going on almost an hour now....
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by:Network_Data_Support
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have never used it but verifying can take a while how big is the database
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by:cancellcorp
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20GB
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by:cancellcorp
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It finished... I think...  When I run isinteg -s <servername> -fix -test alltests I get that same error again.  ISINTEG cannot initiate verification process.  Please review the log file for more information.'???
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by:Network_Data_Support
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may take a while
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by:Network_Data_Support
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Note 9 GB per hour is the speed at which the ESEutil utility runs. This number is only for reference. The exact number depends on your hardware and production environment.
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by:cancellcorp
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Ok, good to know....
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by:Network_Data_Support
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what happens when you try to mount the database
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by:cancellcorp
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Let you know right away.  Just restarting the server...
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by:cancellcorp
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Still the same error message;  c1041724... after reboot when I try to mount the mail store...??
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by:Network_Data_Support
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how much space do you have on the original exchange server ?

have you got enough space to create a RSG and restore to that
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by:cancellcorp
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43GB on C: / 89GB on D:  I may need your assistance on creating an RSG...
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by:cancellcorp
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I found a doc to create the RSG...  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/thankyou.aspx?familyId=df144af6-bee5-4b35-866a-557e25fe2ba1&displayLang=en

I created the RSG in ESM.  Added the DB to recover.  Now going to begin the restore process from my BKF file...
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by:cancellcorp
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When I selected my backup set to restore it says 'restoring to First Storage Group' not RSG?  Is this normal?
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by:Network_Data_Support
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make sure that the original store is not able to overwrite and mounted the RSG should be unmounted and able to overwrite
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by:cancellcorp
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Ok, after restoring the backup to the RSG.  I was able to see the mailboxes in the RSG.  I wasn't able to recover them into the main mailbox store because that still wasn't mounting.

After several hours last night, restoring my BKF backup, and following the link you sent me earlier to the ESEUTIL page worked.  I followed those instructions then used the ISINTEG utility.  After rebooting my server, my information store finally mounted...  Operational again..

Thanks again....
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by:Network_Data_Support
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happy days sorry it was a bit long winded but you got there in the end mate well done
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