Exchange 2003 Recovery, Can you swap the priv1.edb DB files?

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi All
We had a powerfailure which caused a dirty shutdown on my IS. After trying to mount it or perform soft recoveries with no luck, I started doing the hard recovery (eseutil /p).
Our Store is 52GB and takes forever to do a hard recovery, so to get everyone up and running I moved the store and let exchange create a clean store so that people may start receiving mail again while I'm doing the hard recovey.
My question is this: Once I get my store back to a clean state, may I simply stop the IS service and swap the new empty DB with the recovered DB? Also delete the E00.chk file so that it can create a new one for the repaired store?
Will the store mount in it's old First Storage Group place?

Thanks in advance....
Question by:unluckynelson
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    I think it would be faster to export all the emails from the temporary system and import them into the recovered system.

    Since I don't know what extent you've configured public folder I don't know what you'd miss, however the time takes to migrate huge into small seems time consuming since the suggestions about E00 and swapping cant be done.

    You could mount it as an additional store but I like the "exmerge" utility to keep it together.
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    I would recover the DB to a clean state and then possibly run a offline defrag against it as well. Once done exmerge all your user data out of the small edb, delete, swap in the 'old' store and exmerge the user data back in. This way you get the best of everything. Alternatively if you can mount it in recovery storage you can exmerge out all your user data and import it into the current (small) store. Either way you get a 'clean' store rather than a 'fixed' store which will be better in the long run.
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    howd' you go?
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    I took the safer route... But much longer.... (almost a week longer) to recover the store...
    Note to self: must try the edb swop sometime....
    Thanks again

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