Can I do a Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery install on a server with a different name?

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Our main w2k3 DC & Exchange server is dead. I need to restore exchange to a new server, however this time I only want the server to be a member server. To avoid any AD problems can I do a disaster recovery install if the server has a different NETBIOS name to the original.

Everywhere I read it states it needs to be the same name, but surely it is more intelligent than that isn't it?

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unfortunately you cannot mount the databases if the exchange server name does not match.
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Thanks

If this is the case then does the computer account have to be reset or can it be deleted in AD - as I would hack out any references to the failed dc in AD. The computer account woulod still reside in the Domain Controllers OU - would it simply be a case of moving it back to the computers OU once all DC info has been removed?
you cannot have two computers with the same name (if iam getting you right).the best thing to do is to restore the exchange on the current DC since it has the same name.Then after everything is allright.Install a  fresh member server install exchange on that box and move out mailboxes from DC.
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Thanks but the DC & exchange server are one and the same (the server is dead)

There is another DC so AD is fine but I need to restore exchange. They are having trouble with the symantec system recovery drive images so looking like will need to invoke the disaster recovery option.

It looks as though they don't perform system state backups, just the images so if they fail there is no way of restoring the DC (not a massive issue in itself) My concern is doing an exchange disaster recovery install on another server with the same name but is a member server this time, not a domain controller.
I think it will work.If your AD is healthy.
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