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Exchange 2003 Recovery Group Question

I would like to start to use the Exchange 2003 Recovery group option instead of doing brick level backups anymore. Here is what I want to do. My Exchange server does have enought space to hold the Recovery Group. Here is what I want to do. Create a new virtaul server running Exchange 2003 and join it to the domain and all that. The sole purpose of this server is just to host the recovery group so I can recover mail boxes when needs. Here is my question. Once I install Exchange 2003 it is going to show up under Exchange sites. How can I make sure that live emails DO NOT GO TO THIS SERVER???
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if your server has enough space then just use the RSG on it

if it does not what backup software are you using?
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Im not sure this would work anyway, when you create the RSG you are bound to specifying local storage groups/databases which exist on the same server as the RSG.
you would need something like backup exec with its redirection to make it an easy task if you were backing up with NT then yes it would envolve some work
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OK thanks for all of th replies I'm currently using Netbackup 5.1 MP6 on a Windows 2003 server and plan on moving to Netbackup 6.5 shortly....So if I understand everyone correctly it is best to have the RSG on the same server but if I place it on an alternate server and don't place any mailboxes on it mail will not flow to it correct?
correct mail will only got to the server if it homes mailboxes  or is used as an smtp relay
Almost.  It doesn't matter where you have the RSG as long as it's in the same Admin Group as the message store you're restoring.  An RSG cannot send or receive mail so "mail" won't flow to the secondary server.  There might be some system level messages that flow though but no user level mail.
correct the folder hierarchy  will also get replicated but no content will get replicated unless u make it
I just tested this in my lab and it works with NTBackup.  The only glitch is when you create the RSG, you should physically logon to the Exchange server where the RSG will reside, because when you create the RSG, it asks where the message store and logs are to be located.  If you don't logon locally, it verify the placement of these files.
Wow great responces everyone...Paka you stated that you test this type os setup in your Lab..Since I never created a RSG before how did you do it...I'm just really worried about emails flowing to this server. For example once I recover the Information Store then extract the mailbox. What is prevent new email from being delievery to this mailbox on the RSG????
Right mouse click on the Exchange server, click New, select Recovery Storage Group.  When the RSG shows up, right mouse on the RSG then select message store to recover - this will have to exist in AD for you to recover it.  

RSGs are not like regular mailstores.  All mailboxes in them are disabled and cannot send/receive email.