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Exchange 2003 recovery using /disasterrecovery

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Hello,

I'm testing recovering an Exchange 2003 server using the /disasterrecovery switch.

Exchange seemed to install ok and prompted me that I'll need to restore the databases.  

After the installation of Exchange and the service packs, there was no System Manager or any other Exchange shortcuts in the start menu.  Also, when restoring the database, it said the server selected was not an exchange server.

I've checked all the services are running.  The only thing different with this server from the original is that the partitions are smaller (although big enough for the data).  Would this make a difference or has anyone got any other suggestions?
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The first link is the one I used for the procedure.

I made the C:\ drive smaller and an unused E:\ drive smaller so I could have a bigger D:\ drive for the databases.  Other than that, the partition structure is the same as the original server.

Does anyone know if know if the smaller partitions would cause a problem?

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Do you need to install the Exchange management tools before (or after) installing Exchange with the /disasterrecovery switch or should they be installed as part of the Exchange installation?
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Not that I know of until it is big enough for the DB and Logs along with OS
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as a part...

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hmmm.... so now I have no idea where it went wrong :-(
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Hey rather than wasting your time troubleshoot that, start all over...it will save u time....

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ok, I know why System Manger didn't get installed.  It wasn't selected in the Exchange installation - it's not selected by default.

That still doesn't explain (or it might do) why ntbackup didn't recognize it as an Exchange server.  I'm going through the process again so I'll let you know.

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Ok, I've reinstalled exchange including ESM and the data restore is working.  

I'm not sure what fixed it; whether it was the partitions being the same size as before or installing ESM during the Exchange installation.  I suspect it was the ESM bit.
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Great - So your Exchange is now up and running. :-)!

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Yes :-)

Thanks for your replies.

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