exchange 2003 without AD ?

Hi Experts,
Can I install Exchange 2003 without Active Directory ?
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAsked:
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AkhaterSolutions ArchitectCommented:
no any version of exchange requires Active Directory,

AD is the user database for exchange

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mat_sullivanInfrastructure EngineerCommented:
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok thanks.
I have the following problem.
My production site is AD with Win2008 and Exchange 2007.
I have to recover some emails from my old backup tape. But the old exchange server 2003 is deleted.

1. What can I do when the old server is deleted and the new has also another name ?
2. Can I install a new exchange server 2003 beside a exchange 2007 environment ?
3. Does this harm my running AD or EXCHANGE2007 ?
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mat_sullivanInfrastructure EngineerCommented:
A 3rd party company will charge around £300 to do this for you (send the tape off, get PST's back a few days later). Personally I would go with that option before reintroducing Exchange servers into your environment.
AkhaterSolutions ArchitectCommented:
This is a totally different issue!

your option is to

1) build anew server on a totally different network with the same AD name as your current one
2) install exchange on a server with the same name as your old exchange (in this other environment )
3) restore to this environment
AkhaterSolutions ArchitectCommented:
or, as alternative, restore to an alternate location the edb file and buy a software that will export from edb to pst directly

this is the one I have not cheap though

Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I cannot restore to another location because the system logon account cannot test successful.
How to restore then data to another location ?
AkhaterSolutions ArchitectCommented:
this will need to check your backup software but all backup softwares have an option to restore to an alternate location that should give you just an edb and log files

that's all what you need with a software like the one i pointed you to above
Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Have you got a Exchange database backup? If answer is yes, try to extract with exmerge:
AkhaterSolutions ArchitectCommented:
@Drashiel exmerge cannot extract from an edb file the database has to be mounted
Muzafar MominCommented:
no you will have to have AD for deploying exchange
I got few questions

What application was used to backup Exchange 2003? NTBackup, BackupExec...
What type of backup? Database/Mailbox (I suppose full is available)

Depending on the application, you may need to recreate the environment when that server was available. But again, thats up tp the backup application. If you can get the raw EDB file is it possible to extract all mail, contact, whatever using Ontack Power Recovery, I have done it, and work perfectly.
1. Akhater is spot on regarding your valid options.  I

2. If you tell us the backup product you are using then perhaps one of us can give you more guidance on how to restore to an alternate location.  

3. Once you get the files extracted from backup its fairly easy to recover the desired data using one of the products mentioned in this thread and most will allow you to open the EDB to see your data first so that you are sure it will work before buying the product. We make a product that will do this for you as well and If you want to know more check my profile for information to contact me offline
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I used Backup Exec for the backup.
I tried to restore to another location but then I get problems with the system account in BE.
Hopefully you can help me.
Since you are dealing with a backup from an Exchange 2003 server that is no longer around and your Backup Exec wont restore to an alternate location without modifying the BE system account, I think your best option is to do as Akhater suggestion in post ID: 35294687 else you make cause yourself more problems with your production environment.
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Ok, my question is answered.
Thanks to all.
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