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Recover Exchange 2003 mailboxes into new Exchange 2010

Posted on 2010-11-08
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We have an 2003 sbs server dying, it is confused on who and what is is.
I still have physical access to drive,

a) Where are the mailboxes stored?
b) Can I manually copy the mailboxes to another server
c) If I install a fresh copy of Exchange 2010, how do I import this files as mailboxes?
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Question by:surfsideinternet
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by:Auric1983
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surfside,

Is it still operational? The best thing to do would be to set up Exchange 2010 to coexist with the 2003 installation & do local move requests.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998186.aspx
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by:surfsideinternet
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No, not really. Do you know where the actual messages are stored?
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jakethecatuk earned 500 total points
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how many users do you have surfside?

the quickest thing to do may be to drop all the mailboxes to PST using EXMERGE - this will allow you to have copies of all mail whilst you sort out the problem.
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by:Auric1983
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The default location is in the c:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata but it could be different...

Jake has a good idea though, if you can use exmerge to blow them out to PST you can get the exchange 2010 online and import the pst's back in
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by:Viral Rathod
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Typically Priv1.edb/Priv1.stm is located in this folder: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\ OR you may check on the other drive with "MDBDATA" or EXCHSRVR" folder

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by:surfsideinternet
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Ok, found priv1.edb- how do I use exmerge ?
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by:jakethecatuk
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here you go...explained about half way down the page

http://www.petri.co.il/brick_level_backup_of_mailboxes_by_using_exmerge.htm
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by:GundogTrainer
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OK,

a. Mailboxes are stored within the exchange database - this is comprised of an EDB and an STM file.
The email addresses etc are stored in AD so you can export them using CSVDE for a quick backup copy.

b. I must admit I have not used SBS versions of Exchange for a long time so I would invite anyone else to correct me but there used to be limitations that you could only have 1 exchange server.  If you are unable to install another Exchange in the same domain then moving mailboxes to a new Exchange organisation is more complicated:
couple of brief options:
1. Use exmerge to extract the mailboxes to PST files (there is a 2Gb limit per mailbox so you may need to extract larger mailboxes using date ranges)
2. Consider remounting the existing stores on another server - after stopping the services and checking database consistancy.

c. Exchange 2010 dosnt use STM files only EDB so I dont think you will be able to mount the 2003 files directly again a couple of options:
1. Build an Exchange 2003 box and mount the files using recovery storage groups.
2. Use a 3rd party tool such as Ontrack Powercontrols or Quest Recovery Manager.
3. If you can extract the mailboxes to PST files you could Import them.
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by:surfsideinternet
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Okay, is is starting. Can I skip the new outlook (we are trying to go to Google Apps), and give the users their .pst file and have them use it directly?
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