Exchange Information Store restore
Posted on 2011-03-24
Situation is this...user needs their sent items restored for March & April of 2007. All other items have been preserved in pst files, except those two month's sent items and they have just become a critical need.
I am trying to restore from backup tape (backup exec 9), an exchange information store from 2007. I have rebuilt the original proliant ml370 server replacing cpu fan's, array controller & internal DLT tape drive. It is up and running and I was successful in restoring April 2007's sent items from a backup tape that had a brick level backup.
Now I'm looking for March, I have an I.S. backup tape from the middle of April, which I believe contains the data. I've setup a make shift test environment, including the backup server and a physical exchange server from that time period, which is fully functional and has since been converted to a virtual machine.
My problem is this...I currently have two servers in my production environment (one virtual, one physical) which contain active directory and DNS. Am I able to bring the physical box into my test environmet temporarily for the restore and to access the data once it's been restored, then return it to my production environment when I'm through or will the old exchange server right to Active directory and render it useless?
I've can answer any questions regarding the setup of both production and test if necessary...Please advise.