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Failing to mount exchange 2003 stores

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When trying to mount the exchange stores, I am getting an event ID 1088. it reads as follows;

The information store could not be loaded because the distinguished name (DN) /O=FIRST ORGANIZATION/OU=FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN= of message database "First Storage Group\Mailbox Store (BRAIN)" does not match the DN of directory /O=FIRST ORGANIZATION/OU=FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=.

 The database may have been restored to a computer that is in an organization or site different than the original database.

Please note the extra "=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=" in the DN of the directory.  I cannot fiure out how to get rid of them.  LegacyDN does not seem to effect it at all.  

Hopefully, this is a simple fix.  Thanks for the help.
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Can you tell us a little bit of history of the problem?
Are you trying to restore db to different/reinstalled server?
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Doing a swing migration (sbsmigration.com) SBS2003 to SBS2003 same hardware, trying to forklift the exchange stores ( which I have done in the past) and got the above error.

Same Domain,Server, Organization,and Organizational Unit.  Just get an extra "=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=/CN=" in the directory of the new server for some reason.
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SBS2003 to SBS2003 on same HW?
Sorry, I'm not familiar with sbsmigration.com procedure.
Most probably you don't have old sever anymore to check differences in configuration/services/msexchange/yourdomian/administrative groups/... using adsiedit.msc

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I don't have the old server, but I do have AD from the old server.  That is part of the procedure.  I can get to configuration/services/Microsoft Exchange and see "First Organisation" and below that I see Administrative Groups and FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP, but don't know where to look after that.
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OK, so I found the LegacyExchangeDN (which wasn't populated before I swear I checked it) and it had the duplicate "=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=/CN=" in there.  So I removed one, rebooted,  and now I get the same 1088 error, but now have THREE "=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=/CN=" in the message.  WTF!
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The more I mess with it the more ""=/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=/CN=" 's I get.  Up to 4 now!

Reinstalling Exchange Now.  For the third time.
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Hi,

I'm just curious if you managed to solve the problem.

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Reinstall of Exchange after a complete uninstall of Exchange fixed the issue
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