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How do I restore mail from a backup tape onto a test Exchange Server 2003

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Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I need to test our restore procedures of our exchange mail off backup (from Exchange 2003 server) onto a test server.  The test server has a clean install of Windows 2003 with Exchange 2003.  It is off on its own domain and tree.  I need to be able to restore the data from backup tape onto the test server and confirm the data is recoverable of each users mailboxes and their mail.  We use Symantec Backup Exec as our backup / restore utility

Is there a step by step process that will walk me through restoring mail/data from a backup tape onto a different Exchange 2003 server that is in a different domain?
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Recovering on to a different server on to a different domain is not that easy. I haven't seen any step by step process for it because there are so many things that can go wrong.

For the database to be mounted correctly ideally the server needs to be the same name and the Exchange Org MUST be the same name as production.

The best way to do a recovery from a total failure is to restore a domain controller first and then use the disasterrecovery switch on installation. That will setup the environment pretty close to production and allow you to restore the data.



But then the test server has to have the same server name and ip address as the "failed" server, in order to recover the mail from backup properly, correct?  If not, what do I need to do to prep the test server so that I can test restoring the data?
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