Exchange crashed need to remount old edb and stm to newly installed server
Posted on 2008-09-18
I have a Win2k3 Enterprise server that is an AD GC DC as well as an exchange 2003 server (I know this isn't a recommended installation but its in a lab with a FQDN setup on it as well as its own Internet connection). The server has 1.2 TB on a RAID 5 array which was built with 2 partitions: 1) was 10GB large and contained all of the windows system files 2) remainder of the space and contained all of the program files and other storage file directories. Partition 1 filled up and wouldn't let the server boot into the OS no matter what mode (Safe mode, Last known good cofiguration...etc...nothing worked). So we formatted partition 1 and reinstalled the server back to current SP and update revisions (from windows update and downloaded Exch SP2). I backed up all of the original files on this server to another server so I have the original exchange MDBDATA files (all the log, edb, and stm files), but when I copy the old directory over to the server (first stopping the MEIS service) rename the new MDBDATA directory to MDBDATA.old, place the old MDBDATA directory in c:\program files\exchsrvr\ then restart the MEIS service and try to mount the IS - I get the following error: "The database files in this store were replaced with older versions by an offline store. To use the restored files, open the database property page for this store, select 'This database can be overwritten by a restore', wait for active directory replication, and then try again. ID no: c104173a"
So this question is similar to:
22546989 - Extract mail from edb and stm files - exchange 2003
23721810 - Server Crash - Lost .edb - Create new Exchange Database???
but in either question they don't give the exact procedure to make this work and you get to where I am at now. Trying to restore mailboxes from old ost files is not an option. I have the old edb and stm files and I need to get them imported into the new installation of exchange. Please help.