recover or move information store from one Exchange 2003 to another
Posted on 2011-04-21
A power glitch resulted in a corrupt active directory and our 2003 Standard Server (with Exchange installed - it's NOT SBS) won't start up. We spent a couple of hours trying to recover the database, then the owner told us to just give up, get that pain-in-the-ass server out of there and move the email to gmail and the shared folder to an XP box as there are only four users in the company and some gung-ho IT guy sold him an expensive server solution that he didn't need, anyhow.
I went to the workstations and took them off the domain and put everyone on a workgroup instead. But I FORGOT to create pst files on the workstations first. Now, of course, the workstations won't RE-join the domain so I can start their Outlooks because the DC is gone gone gone, and nobody has email history, and the guy before me didn't enable offline storage so I don't even have ost files (insert sad face here).
I'm hoping I can recover the mailboxes from the information store. I have access to another, "virgin" SBS 2003 server and could, if required, build a 2003 Standard server and add Exchange.
Has anyone here had experience that MATCHES mine and can give me the best guidance on how to recover from my mistake?