Mailbox move between Exchange 2003 servers when one server has failed
Posted on 2011-03-24
I need some input on how to start approaching this issue. Out network had two Exchange 2003 servers one in Site A and one in Site B, the ladder being a satellite smaller site. There mailboxes on both Site A and Site B Exchange servers.
What’s happened is the Exchange server in Site A had a hardware failure and is completely down, we’re waiting for replacement for hardware but from what we were told, it is going to take another 48 hours for the parts to arrive, and even after that, the data on the partitions might not be recoverable.
Obviously Site B users are not receiving emails and it is causing a lot of concerns as mail flow is vital for our company. I’m looking for suggestions on how to move Site B mailboxes to Site A so that the mail flow is back. We can recover their old mailbox content once the server is up and running but right now receiving emails is more important. There are a total of 12 users in Site B.
Simply trying to move the mailbox on a failed server in ADUC doesn’t work as it tries to connect to Site B’s server. I thought about deleting the Exchange mailbox and attributes, and recreate on the new server but there might be more complications if I do this. Please answer with your suggestions.