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Exchange 2003 recovery storage group

Hi I wanted to restore an exchange inforamtion store to a recovery storage group so that i can restore a mailbox but the problem that  iam facing is that the destination partition doesnot have enough space for to restore the exchange database  i have the data backups of the information store they were created using backup execitive 11i . I have a test server that i can install windows 2003 and exchange 2003 on and then restore the exchange  information store on and restore the mailbox.
My question is their any easier way to restore this mail box and if there is what is it
second i want to know once i install the windows 2003 how can i restore the active directory data( iam planning to give it the same name as the server in my production environment ) does any one have any detailed documentation on how to do this step
also i need help on istalling exchange with the data recovery switch

finally in my current setup exchange is installed on the same server as the DC
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mzhaim
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december41991Commented:
When you are setting up the RSG you can set the path where the data will be restored. Same like database location.
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december41991Commented:
Do you have the system state backup  ? if yes then you can restore the ad settings along with exchange server setings.
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
Did you have "Enable the restore of individual mail messages and folders from Information Store" enabled in Job Properties - Settings - Microsoft Exchange?

If so you can restore individual messages and folders from that backup.

Re not enough space on the server. Could you not just hang a USB 500Gb external drive off it and make that the location of the RSG?
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mzhaimAuthor Commented:
no the enable restore of individual messages was not enabled finally company policy doesnot allow the use of external harddrives
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
There are two ways to do what you want:

How to move Exchange 2000 to new hardware and keep the same server name
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=297289

or

Migrating to a New Exchange 2000/2003 Server - Swing Migration
http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

which was written by the EE super Guru Sembee.
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mzhaimAuthor Commented:
is it possible to install a fresh copy of windows 2003 on a test server that is part of a different subnet and then install exchange 2003 on this server and just restore the mailboxes from backup
if this is possible can anyone help me on how to do this

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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
Using the RSG feature it is possible.

The second link I provided gives you everything you need.
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mzhaimAuthor Commented:
does the second machine need to have the same name as the production machine also what group name or administrative group does the new machine need to have.

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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
It depends on if you want to use the same name or not.

The two links I gave you earlier are for the two different methods.

1) keeping the same name
2) Having a new name

Read through them and decide which way you want to proceed. Either way they need to be part of the domain.

At this very moment I am following the second link and moving Exchange from one server to another with a different name.
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mzhaimAuthor Commented:
theose two documents are not very clear do u have any other documents
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