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Need to create a new information store SBS 2003

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My SBS 2003 Server crashed and had to do a restore.  Everything was functioning after the restore except I could not mount the store.  I tried repairing the .priv and .edb files with eseutil.  I also tried repairing the databases with kernel for exchange.  Everytime I try to mount the store it is giving me the this database is corrupt error.  I am able to extract all of my mailboxes out to pst using the Kernel recovery.  How do I reinstall Exchange on SBS 2003 and imort my old pst files into the new store?
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You don't need to re-install Exchange to mount a new blank store - simply move / delete the .edb .stm and log files (leave pub1.edb and pub1.stm alone) and then right-click on the Private Information Store and choose mount.  That should then prompt you to create a new mailstore to which you say yes.

Once mounted, you can then hook up your clients to their new mailstore and import the mail from the .PST files.
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Do you have a link for the procedure of hooking up the clients to the new store?  It would be much appreciated.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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You can simply delete and re-create a new profile in Outlook for the users.  Do you need guidance for that?

If you do - what version of Outlook?
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by:emenold
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I'm not getting the procedure here.  I am using SBS 2003.  If I create a new store how do I associate the mailboxes with users in AD?  I configure Outlook on the desktops to connect with the Exchange Server.  Also why do I leave pub.edb and pub.stm alone?  Do I not need to recreate public folders too?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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If you create a new store - you don't need to associate the mailboxes with the users in AD - that will happen automatically.

What state are your Public Folders in?  Did they go south with the crashed store?  Do you currently have a Public Store mounted and working?
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The public store is corrupt as well.  So if I create a new store Exchage will recreate mailboxes for all users in AD and email will start to flow?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Yes - a new store will start to work happily, you then just have to configure the clients with a new profile and import the mail from their .PST file.

Mounting a blank Public Folder Database (if PUB1.EDB and PUB1.STM are missing) will force the creation of a new Public Folder Store.
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When you say configure clients with a new profile what do you mean exactly?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Go to Control Panel> Mail> Show Profiles - if they have an existing profile, make a new one and make sure Outlook will use the new profile by default, then  configure Outlook to use Exchange as you would do normally.

Then import your .PST file for the user.
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This procedure will be done on the server?  Or on each workstation?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Depends on how many workstations you have and their locations.

You can import them on the server but you will need to use exmerge to do this and that could be a whole new can of worms, or manually on each client workstation.

Any preferences?
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It looks like exMerge is for migrating from one server to another.  
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Nope - you can use it to export / import to / from .PST files too.
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