How can I restore exchange from an .ost file?
Posted on 2011-03-23
I have a customer that had a RAID array go awry, but was able to get the data off the array. I have next to no experience with exchange so restoring it has become a very educational undertaking.
With 3 clients, the only service the customer is using from the server is exchange and only contacts and a shared calender(no email). I have next to no idea how the server was actually configured because I was never able to log into it.
I've reinstalled SBS2003.
I've tried to restore exchange via stopping all(what looked to me) exchange services and copy and past the entire MDBDATA dir(actually what was inside it as the dir itself would not copy(permisons)). I hope this wasn't a bad move, but the more I read about exchange, the more I realize it was either risky or detrimental. This did, as far as I can tell, absolutely nothing. I've tried restoring from a .pst file I made from one of the clients offline. This actually rendered the contacts, but no calendar.
What I guess I would like to know is, can I use the offline data from the .ost file directly to update the server and repopulate the calendar in some way or fashion, OR there must be a way to hard copy those files from MDBDATA on to the server.
I don't terribly mind reinstalling the server(if needed), though that would be nice to avoid as it will take half the day.
I'm sure there is a simple answer to this but I just don't know it and I'm getting frustrated reading Microsoft's manuals as they aren't really helping a whole lot.
Thanks in advance,