How to restore/merge Exchange data
Posted on 2009-03-30
I have recently rebuilt my Windows Server 2003 SBS from scratch and now I need to restore my Exchange data (from the files I recovered from the failed disk).
As part of the rebuild I now have Exchange up and running, so I need to merge the current mailboxes from the recovered files with the current mailboxes.
I have read a few Microsoft documents about this but have managed to confuse myself regarding the process.
The files I have are:
I have tried creating a Recovery Storage Group but didn't manage to link it to my recovered data.
Also am I correct in saying that I need to process the .log files prior to doing this?
I have performed the following on my files:
eseutil /mh <filename> | find /i "Shutdown"
and they all show "State: Dirty Shutdown"
How do I proceed from here? Looking at the document it says:
"Mount and then dismount the database again. If the files still do not match correctly or are inconsistent, contact Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) for further assistance."
What's the proceedure to do this mount?
I have also tested my transaction logs using:
eseutil /ml <filename>
and they are all OK (Integrity check passed...).
Also I've noticed I don't have any ".chk" files, is this a problem?
What I need (please) is a clear list of steps to enable me to perform the merge.