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Test DR of Server 2003 AD and Exchange 2003 using ARCserve 11.5

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Recently arrived at a new company and trying to test a disaster recovery of Windows Server 2003 primary fsmo role holder/dns which has exchange 2003 installed (it is not a SBS box) scenario with no access to existing site and getting the correct media/updates in the right order in place to save time should the s**t hit the fan.  Dell Hardware is similar to production.

The order I am thinking about...
1) Configure RAID to be the same
2) Install Windows Server 2003
3) Install Windows Server 2003 SP2
4) Configure same NETBIOS and IP address
5) Create AD Domain as same name and install DNS
6) Install Exchange 2003
7) Install Exchange 2003 SP2
8) Install ARCServe 11.5 and apply service pack
9) restart server in NTDSUTIL mode and perform Authoritative Restore from ARCServe
10) Restart server and Restore Exchange Database.
11) Restore userdata

Does this sound like a workable plan or please point to obvious missing entries or correct the order.
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Question by:fosseitsl
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by:ragnarok89
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This seems OK, but I must ask, if this is a backup server for an existing domain, why not simply add it to the existing domain rather than create a new one of the same name?
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by:fosseitsl
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Hi raqnarok89.

It is a disaster recovery test, as this is one site, the domain doesn't exist and as thus acting as if nothing to connect to.
My query refers to should I install Exchange 2003 before restoring Active Directory?
Cheers
Paul
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For anyone interested in DR activities - this is my procedure after several weeks of testing...

01) Configure RAID to be the same
02) Install Windows Server 2003
03) Install Windows Server 2003 SP2
04) Configure same NETBIOS and IP address
05) Install ARCserve 11.5 SP4
    - If using a USB drive for restores, create a default share for the root of the USB drive
    - For example F$ - grant full rights to everyone
06) Create a disk base file device or add tape drive
07) Submit a job to merge the backup information into the ARCserve database

08) Restart Server into Directory Services Restore Mode
09) Open ARCserve to restore C: drive (except arcserve folder) and system state using local options of Authoritative Restore and options of Restore Registry and Event Logs
10) Restart server (this will be very slow to get to the login prompt)
11) In command prompt: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 and run devmgmt.msc
    - Remove any non present network cards
12) Configure same IP address on a NIC and run ipconfig /registerdns

Note DHCP and WINS don't work after DR restore - export DHCP and backup WINS as seperate backup process.
13) Restore DHCP configuration
    - net stop dhcpserver
    - delete all files and subfolders under C:\windows\system32\DHCP
    - net start dhcpserver
    - netsh dhcp server import C:\dhcpbackup.txt all
    - open dhcp manager and authorize server
14) Restore WINS configuration
    - net stop wins
    - delete all files and subfolders under C:\windows\system32\WINS
    - open wins manager (winsmgmt.msc)
    - Right click on servername and select restore database
    - Browse to c:\winsbackup folder and press Ok
    - net start wins
15) Uninstall antivirus software and exchange antivirus software
16) Uninstall all instances of ARCserve
    - Uninstall using add/remove programs
    - Delete registry entries
    - Delete CA services through the registry including LogWatch
    - After restart delete all Arcserve folders

17) Install ARCserve 11.5 SP2 or SP3 but not SP4 (bug in SP4 that prevents exchange db restores)
    - If using a USB drive for restores, create a default share for the root of the USB drive
    - For example F$ - grant full rights to everyone
18) Create a disk base file device or add tape drive
19) Submit a job to merge the backup information into the ARCserve database
20) Allow overwrite of Exchange Databases
    - Open System Manager and expand First Storage Group under servername
    - On both the Mailbox Store and the Public Folders, right click on the store and select Properties
    - On Database tab, tick “This database can be overwritten by a restore”
21) Perform an ARCserve restore
    - Click on Restore and select First Storage Group
    - Right click on Mailbox Store and select local options, untick all options
    - Set temp folder for restore as USB Drive\Temp or large unused drive
    - On the summary page, change security to be Enterprise administrator

22) Check status of exchange public database
    - Start – Run and Type cmd and press Ok
    - cd “c:\program files\exchsvr\mdbdata”
    - ..\bin\eseutil /mh pub1.edb
    - Status shows dirty shutdown and needs to be repaired
23) Perform repair of exchange public database
    - ..\bin\eseutil /p pub1.edb
    - Check status again…
    - ..\bin\eseutil /mh pub1.edb
    - Status shows clean shutdown and can now be mounted into Exchange
24) Check status of exchange mailbox database
    - Start – Run and Type cmd and press Ok
    - cd “c:\program files\exchsvr\mdbdata”
    - ..\bin\eseutil /mh priv1.edb
    - Status shows dirty shutdown and needs to be repaired
25) Perform repair of exchange mailbox database (very long time for large database)
    - ..\bin\eseutil /p priv1.edb
    - Check status again…
    - ..\bin\eseutil /mh priv1.edb
    - Status shows clean shutdown and can now be mounted into Exchange

26) ISINTEG -fix -test alltests
27) Mount databases
28) Restore Userdata
29) Install antivirus

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by:fosseitsl
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This disaster recovery exercise was really useful and showed issues with the ARCserve software, DHCP and WINS.
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