Trouble restoring Exchagne Information Store to a lab environment

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I have a lab environment setup here that is designed to mirror my production network as much as possible, including the domain name.  My lab and production networks are kept apart so the there will be no cross talk between the two domains.  I have an exchange 2003 organization setup that matches my production organization exactly, org name, admin group name, store names, etc.

What I want to do is quickly get some exchange data into the lab environment.  I want to restore one of my production stores to the alternate location.  I have dnoe this before in a recovery environment (differnet domain name) to recover some e-mails.  I am using Veritas Backup Exec 9.1 and using my production backup server to redirect to the alternate location, which is the same setup I used for the recovery.  However, I can not get this to work in this case.  I receive "0xa000848c - Unable to attach to one of the drives".  Is this possible in the enviroment I have where I am using the same domain name?
Question by:lbicher56
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    Expert Comment

    In order to restore Exchange 2000 or 2003 data to another  server, certain prerequisites have to be met:

      A  new active directory forest has to be created.
    The  Domain Name Service (DNS) database must be installed and configured.
    Exchange  has to be installed with the Forest Prep or Domain Prep Options.  
    The  Organization Name, Administrative Group Name, Storage Group Name, Mailbox Store  (Server Name), and the LegacyExchangeDN Attribute on the recovery server must  match that of the production  machine.
    Please refer to  Microsoft Article IDs: KB813337, KB811063, KB322856, KB312371, KB312407,  KB280652, KB271882, and KB324606 for further details

    How to restore Exchange 2000 or 2003 to a recovery server in a different forest                       

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the comment.  I have successfully restored to a recovery system following these steps.  My issue now is that I have a need to use the same domain name (new forest but using the same name).  

    I have been doing some additional tests and I have found that I can not even restore a basic file to my lab from my backup server, so this isn't an Exchange issue.

    Could it be an issue where the domain name of the target is the same as the domain name of production?  My Veritas system is my production system that I am attempting to redirect to the other domain.

    Author Comment

    I did solve the issue I was having.  The solution was in Backup Exec, specify a differnet user account that exists in the new target domain.

    Accepted Solution

    I did solve the issue I was having.  The solution was in Backup Exec, specify a differnet user account that exists in the new target domain.

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