Exchange Information store

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).
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DBrookfieldAsked:
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sekhar_kiitCommented:
Hi,

Yes you can create a new information store database, if you have any successful full backup of IS (as you specified before 2 weeks) and if you have all the transactions logs after that till date. You can restore the full backup to the Recovery Storage Group and replay the transaction logs against the restored database files using hard recovery option (eseutil /cc). You can safely do this operation online while users are accessing the data. After the maintenance, you can move old IS database to another location and move the restored RSG database to the original location and safely mount.

Please let me know for any further queries.

Regards,
Sekhar
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DBrookfieldAuthor Commented:
I think what I meant by, "over two weeks" was that I can't rely on having an information store back up. Hence outputting to email with exmerge. Here's a thing though, if the users aren't reporting problems how about Create new storage group move all users to that do the disk check and afterwards delete the old group which is is the first Storage group and I don't know if it is possible to delete that.. I'm suspecting I still need to exmerge though as at least I'd have the users email else-where, should this get messy..  
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sekhar_kiitCommented:
Yes, that's good idea of creating a new storage group in a different disk and move the users to the new one, as everything is working fine now. Later on you can delete the old stroge group with no issues. It did not come to my mind at first.

Regards,
Sekhar
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DBrookfieldAuthor Commented:
Hey my brain was empty as well, what I don't know is other than creating a new stoarge group how do I move the users, is it as simple as right click move user?
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Dan-HanleyCommented:
Answer for DBrookfield:

Yes you can move multiple accounts located in a OU, but you need to use Exchange Tools when pulling up active directory. Otherwise you wont have the Exchange options. To answer your question easily yes its a right click type of deal. Right click the user or users and select exchange tasks then you should be prompted with some basic information.
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