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Backup Exchange db and wss db to reinstall sbs 2008

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Hello All,

I have an SBS 2008 box that I would like to reinstall.  (nothing works - totally messed)
However there are a few things that I need help on.

I would like to backup the exchange and wss data in order to move it to the reinstalled sbs box.
Keep in mind - this is only for 7 gb of wss data and 4 exchange mailboxes.
If it's easier to just put the wss data on a thumbdrive and manually get each .pst I don't mind that.

If I go the manual route (each .pst) once I open a mailbox in the new server, can I just import that the same as say a pop .pst?
Also what will happen to my user profiles.  All names will be the same, but I get the feeling that doesn't matter.  If I connect the computers again to the 'new' (but same named) domain, will each user have multiple domain connections? (c:/users/local...)

If going the manual route is a bad idea and I should just grab the db's, please let me know how to do that.  (I have a data partition on the sbs box that I have migrated (through the gui) all data to.

Thanks a lot.
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regarding the sharepoint data:
if you are just re-installing on the same machine, with the same server name and same domain, take a full backup of your sharepoint farm via central admin.  
also make note of the exact sharepoint version you are running:
http://insomniacgeek.com/blog/how-to-determine-the-installed-sharepoint-version/

when you re-install sharepoint, it must be at the exact same service pack and patch level.

after you re-install the sharepoint app with necessary updates, you can restore content by going through the option to restore in central admin, and pointing it to the backup file.

backup for exchange is a different process, and i will leave that to the exchange experts.
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by:jpostuma
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Thanks for the response.
Edit to my question:  There is only 1gb of wss data, and I now have it on a stick, so i'm not to worried about the wss data. ( I can just open sharepoint in explorer view and copy it all over)
I do have the full daily backups of the sbs box as well.
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if you want to  restore by copying via explorer, i assume you have some docs, in not many libraries, and not much more in sharepoint.  'cause you can't restore other types of data such as workflows and lists by copying from explorer view.

if you use sharepoint for anything other than a document repository, you should take a backup from sharepoint central admin.  general server backups are not the same thing.  sharepoint is based on SQL databases.  and the content is stored in a SQL database.  it's easier to restore from a central admin backup than from a backup of the SQL database itself.
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by:jpostuma
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OK,
I split the question.

Exchange question is at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_26622679.html

Thanks for the help on sharepoint, I'm going to do a backup via central admin now.
(points will be awarded - just going to leave this question up for a bit)

I'll see how far I get with central admin backup.
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