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Exchange 2007 Disaster Recovery with RecoverServer switch

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I am trying to restore an Exchange 2007 server running on Windows Server 2008 that had a RAID failure.  After using Backup Exec to restore the server from tape, I am getting a blue screen of death on restart.  For this reason I am considering just building a new server and reloading Exchange using the recoverserver switch.

After reading the instructions here, it seems straight foward.
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Exchange-2007-Server-RecoverServer-switch.html

I am fairly confident that I can restore my database files after installing Exchange.  Are there any other gotchas that I should be aware of?  I'm guessing I will have to install another server certificate for OWA but that is all I can think of.  Thank you.
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The article which you have is a good article and you can follow that to recover your Exchange 2007 server.

Before recovering the Exchange 2007 server just make sure you have the same drive letters which initially had the Database and Log files ( Ex:- If your database was on D drive then you need to have D drive created on your new server and if you had log files on E drive then you need to have E drive on new server)

Regarding certificate yes you will have to install certificate again fro OWA.

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When trying to run setup.com /m:recover server, I get an error "Exchange 2007 build 8.3.83.6 or later must be used".  I'm trying to run from an SP1 install CD.  Where can I get an SP3 install CD?  Is there a download link somewhere on microsoft.com?
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Tracked down the full Exchange SP3 installation here -
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=1687160b-634a-43cb-a65a-f355cff0afa6&displaylang=en

Thought this was only the service pack at first but it looks like the full deal.
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by:kitus
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The recoverserver switch worked amazingly well and smoothly.
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