How do I perform an Exchange 2003 recovery with the disaster recovery switch

Posted on 2008-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
To cut a long story short, a server raid drive failed, drive was replaced but corruption meant that IIS and exchange needed to be reinstalled since then the you can logon to mail accounts but the routing is not working. Everything I have read seems to suggest I reinstall exchange with the disaster recovery switch.

My question is just HOW do you run it, is it from the command prompt?
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Here is a good step by step article. If you have any doubts while following it, let us know:

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abdulzis: thanks for the fast response, unfortunateley this has not worked, I have just been to site and I used the routine you suggested but during the installation (with disaster recovery switch) when it gets to the part where it tries to reinstall the line that says "Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services" it fails and says
0xc007041d - The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion (EXIFS)
I did go on to Install both Exchange SP1 and SP2 afterwards (both with the disaster recovery switch) but on restarting the machine I get the message that one of the services failed to start. On looking at the Event Viewer under Sytem I get an error that says Event id 7000 Service control manager.
"The Microsoft Exchange Routing Engine service failed to start due to the following error:
The executable program that this service is configured to run in does not implement the service. "
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I actually did this entire process twice just to make sure but the result was the same.
Is there anyway to manually remove the MS Exch Messaging and Collaboration services as I guess this is where the proble lies

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1) Uninstall IIS and reboot server
2) Reinstall IIS
3)  Run Exchange 2003 setup normally and choose to Reinstall Exchange

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Hold on....I notice from the tags that you have SBS 2003. Please don't uninstall IIS.

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When the original hard drive crashed, the IIS folder on the server was empty. IIS and Exchange where both removed and reinstalled prior to today

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So whenever you run Exchange setup, it fails while stopping the ExIFS service right?

1) Goto HKLM\system\current control set\services\EXIFS and change startup type to 3 which means manual.

2) reboot the server and re-install Exchange and Service Packs

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