I have a soon to be live Exchange 2003 server and a test Exchange 2003 server in my lab.
I have been running emails though the 'live' server and it's working well.
I ran ntbackup and created a backup of the Information Store for Exchange.
I want to restore the IS onto my Lab machine to see if my backup plan is working correctly.
The Lab machine was built the same as the 'live' machine (OS is same build, Exchange is same build). The only thing is I didn't create any users and mailboxes on the Lab machine.
My questions: Do I need to manually create all my users on the Lab machine before I can run my restore or can I backup AD on the live machine and restore that to my Lab machine?
I'm assuming I can do that but I don't know exactly what to backup for AD -- do I just need to backup and restore the System state or is there something else?