SBS disaster. How to restore.
Posted on 2008-10-16
First of all i would like to apologise if this question has been answered elsewhere, i've been looking for a while and cant seem to find a definitive answer
I am having to restore my Small business server due to a corrupted OS and the embedded SATA RAID had degraded. I have read the .doc from microsoft that seems to explain the process quite well apart from what to do with exchange after you've restored the system state.
I have a backup of system state (created with Arcserve) & exchange (online backup) created with ntbackup.
This is how i understand the process so far.
1. Install small business server
2. Cancel Continuing Microsoft Small Business Server Setup Wizard
3. Install service packs that were previously installed (Server 2003 SP1 & SP2 + SBS SP1)
4. Restore system state
Now im slightly unsure as to how to go about getting exchange back installed. I'm assuming that i will have to run the "Continuing Microsoft Small Business Server Setup" Wizard in order to install exchange? But i dont really want to have to reconfigure the domain settings and things like that becasue im assuming that will overwrite the system state restore.
I've read a vague article about using cd2 to kick off the exchange install with a /disasterrecovery. could someone please explain this process to me please?
I have read a few articles on msexchange.org about how to restore using a Recovery Storage Group and then extract mailboxes using Exmerge but obviously i need to install exchange and SP1 & SP2 first + the registry hack to increase the storage limit.
However the process is very vague in that it doesnt tell you how to restore from a windows backup file of exchange. Im assuming if i click on recovery storage group and then Add Database To Recover i wont be able to point it at the windows backup file of exchange that i have.
Basically i've read so many different articles that my brain is about to expload with all the conflicting suggestions.
I have got to the point where i have just the OS installed and chose not to run the continue SBS setup wizard. i installed server 2003 SP1, then client deployment for XP, then i tried SBS SP1 but that failed with an error that i unfortunately didnt write down. i guess the SBS SP1 wont install becasue non of the SBS components are installed at this point. so i have now moved on and installed server 2003 SP2. after a restart i am now missing the continue SBS setup icon on the desktop which is a little strange. i am now going to attempt to restore the system state data from tape and then try and figure out what to do with exchange.
I really hope someone can help me.