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How do I restore an NTBackup to Exchange 2007?

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I am trying to recover a mailbox from one of my NT Backup .BKF files and I built a completely new Windows 2008 / Exchange 2007 server to restore my data to.  I was surprised to see how much it integrated with the other mail server I have.

In any case, when I attempt to restore to the new Exchange server it tells me that the server is NOT and Exchange server.  

Also, how do I avoid overwriting my online mail databases with the one I'm restoring.  When I attempted the restore, it actually wanted me to put it on my active exchange server.  Yikes!

Anything that helps me get closer to restoring my files would be appreciated.
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by:Deepu Chowdary
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First of all lets me know this issue clearly..

--> I am trying to recover a mailbox from one of my NT Backup .BKF files and I built a completely new Windows 2008 / Exchange 2007 server to restore my data to.  I was surprised to see how much it integrated with the other mail server I have.

Ok you have a.bkf file and you want to restore it on 2008 server..?

For this version of Ntbackup.exe is available as a download to Windows Server 2008 for users who want to recover data from backups created using Ntbackup.exe.
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?DisplayLang=en&id=4220
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by:aarontheyoung1
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I've figured out how to run NT Backup from my Windows 2008 server.  That's not where the problem is.

The problem occurs as stated, "when I attempt to restore to the new Exchange server it tells me that the server is NOT an Exchange server or Exchange Services have not been started"

Everything seems to be tied to my original Exchange Server somehow and it doesn't let me actively use my new one.
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by:aarontheyoung1
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That link has sone good information, but doesn't give me a direction:

My old server:
Windows 2003 Server
Exchange 2007
Backup done with MS Backup while server was running

New server:
Windows 2008 with MS Backup installed
Exchange 2007

Both mail servers are in the same domain
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by:Deepu Chowdary
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Run again and if fails then you will get some events logged in eventviewer.
Post those events here.
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by:aarontheyoung1
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I'm not seeing anything worth posting here from my event viewer.   I see this though:

Process STORE.EXE (PID=1228). Exchange Active Directory Provider has discovered the following servers with the following characteristics:
 (Server name | Roles | Enabled | Reachability | Synchronized | GC capable | PDC | SACL right | Critical Data | Netlogon | OS Version)
In-site:
ZEEDC9SERVER.ashleymcgraw.com      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
ZEEDC5Server.ashleymcgraw.com      CD- 1 6 6 0 0 1 1 6 1
ZEEDC8SERVER.ashleymcgraw.com      CDG 1 7 7 1 0 1 1 7 1
 Out-of-site:
 
I've actually got a complex situation right now as I am in the middle of an Exchange migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010.  So the server that I setup to do my restore to is in the middle of this.  My old e-mail server is a Win2K3/Exchange07 config and the server I'm trying to restore to is a Win2K8/Exchange 2007 config.....and to further complicate it my destination server is a Win2K8/Exch2010 config.

All of these servers are in ONE single domain and all show up in my Exchange Management console.  I'm particularly worried that I'm going to over write a database when I do this restore and that is the whole reason for the Win2K8/Exch07 server config.  I thought I could bring it up separately, but it's completely "part of" my domain's e-mail configuration.

I really don't have a clue as to how to proceed to bring up an Exchange Server where I can safely restore the state of my old server and get to the mail on the backup.  That's all I ultimately want to do.

TIA
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I was unable to recover the data I needed to given the information given here.  I accepted my data loss and moved on.  Expert's Exchange was no help this time.
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I just want to close this.
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