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Reintroducing a decommissioned Exchange 2003 server?

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I need to restore two mailboxes from earlier annual backups. Problem is that the original Exchange 2003 server (ex1) is decommissioned. We have an equal Exchange 2003 server (ex2) in production.
As I decommisioned ex1 just a week ago, (why did'nt the user claim the restore just a little before..) I still have the server untouched (exept for Exchange)

Is it safe/smart to reinstall exchange on ex1 and bring it online in my production farm? Will a reintroduction of ex1 mess up the production environment of ex2? (I don't want to spend the easter holiday in the office) Does the /disaterrrecovery switch work when the exchange server has been uninstalled, or do I have to perform a clean installation? Or am I on the wrong track?
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by:Justin Owens
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Use your production Exchange server to mount the EDB file as a Recovery Store.  I would not bring a retired Exchange server back online, as it just causes too many headaches.  The Recovery Store path would be much less painful.  Once the edb is mounted, then use exmerge to extract the mail you need from your user's mailbox.

TechNet has a really good overview of the process:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998782(EXCHG.65).aspx


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It seems like there is no log files on the backup tape... I guess there is no way to get a successfull restore then.
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