[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


Restore Exchange 2003

Posted on 2009-02-10
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We had a server crash, 2 of the Raid 5 drives went offline.  After a scrub everything is back though data was lost.  I have reinstalled Windows 2003 Ent, exchange 2003 and all service packs.  I was able to copy the priv1 & pub1.edb databases and accompaning stm files to a safe location.  Server is currently at SP2 on both the OS and exchange.  I did a hard recovery of the database files and now they show to be ok.  I can create new blank mailbox stores on the server.  Here is where I am stuck!

How do I re-create the aprox 125 mailboxes that did exist and get the repaired databases files back in use so email is back online? Is there a command that will lok at my AD and recreate them based on settings for the users?

We lost our .pst files that were created a few days ago so emerge I doubt is usefull.

If more information is needed PLEASE let me know and I'll do my best. This is day 2 of outage and begining to cause major issues.

Thanks in advance to all who help.
Question by:colonytire
  • 2
  • 2
LVL 15

Expert Comment

ID: 23604959
? mailbox information is stored in AD.... so assuming you did a diaster recoery install of exchange, all the mailboxes will show up a disconnect and you can simply reconnect them all.
LVL 15

Expert Comment

ID: 23605067
The disaster recovery install of Exchange is setup /disasterrecovery.

I think the best thing I can suggest is to call Microsoft and pay for an incident.  If nothing else, having someone else on the phone can help keep you calm and also gives you something to tell your boss.  I think it's only about $500 and they'll stay on the phone with you until it's done.  I worked through two shift changes with them on one call.

This isn't a simple fix and although someone out there may be able to help you, by the time you exchange emails...well, you'll have cost your company more than $500.

Author Comment

ID: 23605102
the initial install I used the /disasterrecovery option. After everything was finished it had no dis-joined mailboxes.  I then did a full install, repaired files with eseutil /p, have copied the repaired files into the live mdbdata folder. It will not mount the store and gives an error ID c1041724.  Msft site refers to not enough free space but have 15gig available.  In the eventviewer it shows unable to connect to jet db.

I am stumped.
LVL 15

Expert Comment

ID: 23605355
soudns like you've got yourself in a pickle.... i sure hope you have the original edb's and logs still.
I'm going to side with zelron22 here... give pss a call and get them to run you through it. Or call a local consultant if there are any decent ones around.

Accepted Solution

colonytire earned 0 total points
ID: 23615925
Pickle would have been nice, it was pretty bad as we all imagined.  Worked with Msft on using the original priv1 and pub1 files but they too were corrupt.  I am now going to start a thread on the data recovery portion of the site for Veritas 9.1.

Just gotta love weeks like this one.....

Featured Post

NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Stellar Exchange Toolkit: this 5 in 1 toolkit comes loaded with mega-software tool. Here’s an introduction to tools’ usage and advantages:
Exchange administrators are always vigilant about Exchange crashes and disasters that are possible any time. It is quite essential to identify the symptoms of a possible Exchange issue and be prepared with a proper recovery plan. There are multiple…
This video shows how to quickly and easily deploy an email signature for all users in Office 365 and prevent it from being added to replies and forwards. (the resulting signature is applied on the server level in Exchange Online) The email signat…
There are cases when e.g. an IT administrator wants to have full access and view into selected mailboxes on Exchange server, directly from his own email account in Outlook or Outlook Web Access. This proves useful when for example administrator want…
Suggested Courses

873 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question