Right I've got a problem we've got an Exchange 2003 server and it looks like we have a drive error (One of the sectors is corrupt) I found out whilst doing a manual back up. Now this wouldn't be a problem as I'd just do a restore from back up, but it looks like the email notification for the back up was turned off, DOH and teh back up has failed for over two weeks !! Anyway I'm guessing the problem is to do with a sector where the priv.edb or pub.edb is. I'm saying this as if I do an NT back up of the information store then it fails with a back up error. Now I'm not in a total disaster scenario yet as all users can still get to their email (in fact they haven't reported any problems) and the server is still running fine. Now there aren't loads of users (Just 15) so I intend on doing an exmerge of all mail box's. to make sure we get all their data. It's the bit after that, that I have questions.
Firstly is it possible to delete the information store and recreate?
If it is what is the procedure?
If not what are my options?
If I can delete the information store then I intend on running a disk utility that will mark the sector as bad and then recreate info store and pop the emerged files back in. Once that has been done I can then take a full image of the drive and swap the duff one out with a new one (Actually 2 as this thing should have been RAIDed not sure why it isn't allready)
Anyone see any problems with this. Reason for doing it this way as I'm off to the other side of the world for a holiday and don't fancy doing a complete rebuild just before going when I can do this when I'm back...
What I don't want to do is to reboot this thing until I have as much of the users email as I can get. (You never know this may not be a huge issue as it's only 1 sector, but I don't want to take the chance).