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Trying to implement SCR. Have some questions.

First off, I am doing this in a test VM environment. I have an Exchange 2007 SP1 CCR set up and I am now trying to test SCR to a single Exchange 2007 SP1 server. I have a pretty good article from msexchange.org I am following but I am missing something. The commands seem simple enough. One big question I do have is am I supposed to have Storage Groups and databases in place on my SCR server. I know the Storage Group names and paths as well as the databases all need to be the same. I did this and when I tried to enable the storage group copy command, I got an error. Someone said to delete the Storage Groups and databases on the SCR server and run the command again. Well, I did this and the commands worked and the files copied over to the SCR. My dumb question is, how do I go about mounting the database after all the files have been copied over. The logs and edb files are in place but there is no Storage Groups or databases in AD for this server because I deleted them. I am defiinitely missing something here.

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8/22/2022 - Mon

Have you reviewed Scott Schnolls videos? His guide is very good on SCR implementation.

Once the files are copied and you've done the Restore-Storage Group copy, you need to run the Move-Storagegroup path commands for the storage group. Then the move-databasepath commands.

Once done, then do a Set-MailboxDatabase for the database for each storage group.

Then mount the database on the target server

Then you have to re-home the mailboxes to the new target database. This is a long string of cmdlets found in Scott's 5th and final blog video. Click the below link for details.


I think I did see these videos but I will review again. So I take it that the SCR target starts off with no Storage Groups and databases. Just the paths which must match the source??

In the videos you end up creating new ones and dismounting them and deleting the files but the paths must be the same.

So the path names will be there but there won't be contents in the folders, this is because when you move the source files to the target that it mounts the old database on the target system.
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Thanks. The video is a little confusing because he goes so fast and never really mentions creating or deleting the Storage Groups and databases on the target. What I am assuming at this point is that the Storage Groups and databases get created with matching names and paths on the target. Then dismounted and the files deleted. This way, the info is still in AD as far as paths and names. Then, its just a matter of enabling the copy, running some PS commands and bringing up the database on the target.

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