Exchange 2003 restore question
Posted on 2010-09-17
I'm going to be performing an Exchange 2003 database restore over the weekend, and I'm hoping an expert in the practice can help with the corrent procedure. First, the backstory:
We have two Exchange 2003 Enterprise servers, one only hosts mailboxes, and one only hosts Public Folders. We're a project based business, and every email our employees recieve about a project gets dragged into the corresponding public folder. The public folder database is 410 GB in size! We realize this is not a good idea and have already put a new email filing system in place for new projects. However, we need the public folder based solution for another few quarters until we've transitioned everything over.
Last Friday evening, the server that hosts the public folders had its RAID controller fail during the Exchange backup window. We went through a bunch of troubleshooting with Dell, and one thing led to another and we eventually lost the entire RAID array that held the Exchange stores. So Monday was spent bringing up a VM with SAN storage, the Exchange data was restored from the last successful Full backup, and the Incremental backups were then restored.
So everything is good, public folders are back, and we think we're back in business. But I kick off a new Full backup of the restored Exchange server, and at the very end of the database, the backup dies due to a bad page checksum, error 1018, which according to the KBs I've read is quite common. Microsoft's top suggestion is to perform a restore from the last good backup, and replay the log files.
So this brings me to the question. I'm going to do another Full restore, and follow it with the Incremental restore like I did on Monday. I've got that procedure nailed. But what do I do with the log files that have been created since the restore on Monday?
Do I leave them in the C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA folder, and they will replay automatically? Or do I need to copy them in to the temporary restore folder and manually play them with eseutil /cc?
Thanks for your help!