Instead of doing all this in a traditional "micrsoft recommended" way of moving exchange from one SBS 2003 server to another, I want to run this past everyone (and as crazy as it seems, see what your thoughts are).
Let's assume my SBS 2003 just dies and it's unrecovable - it was in a fire and it's melted metal now. I have a new SBS 2003 server just waiting to be used (brand new computer - only turned on once).
I have my exchange (all my email) and the priv1.edb and priv1.stm, pub1.edb, pub1.stm, and all the *.log files backed up on tape as just loose files.
I pop the new server in - name it the same name as the melted down server, same domain now, recreate all the users, shares, printers, etc. The network works. One thing - no email yet. Exchange is empty.
Since my previous server is melted metal now, but I have the exchange files as I listed above - what method can I use to get those files into my new exchange now? I'm certain I just can't copy them to my new c:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata folder and overwrite the emtpy exchange files with my previous exchange files.
Any suggestions, tips? Thank you in advance.