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Exchange DIsaster Planning and how to verify backup/restore as a viable before a disaster occurs

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I'm running Exchange 2003. Just got it deployed  in my environment a few months ago, really.  Yeah I know behind the curve...   I am now trying to figure out how to plan for a disaster incase the HD fails or I just can't get my box back up due to whatever reason.  I have reviewed the backup and restore options, but I want to make sure I understand exactly what I will need and can do ahead of time if I was considering the following scenarios:

1. Have another box waiting in the wings in case main-exchbox goes down, that I can bring online and restore the one mail store and my puplic folders for use.. Restoring all functionality and hx data.  

2. Have a failover server of some type that can just take over if the box goes down.  I don't think exchange 2003 std has replication functionality, as I understand 2007

3. Separate from DA scenarios: For testing I want to restore from a backup and test the validity of my ntbackups for email func, what's the best way to accomplish this on a single LAN, with no VLAN access and one Forest and one domain.

Note: I am performing a separate system state backup and mailstore backup using ntbackup to a file onto a storage server and then also imaging the machine with Acronis 9.1.  My scenarios and plan are not relying on the Acronis image, since I understand b/c of VSS in the mix it may not fair well in a restore attempt.


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