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restoring exchange database to a test environment

Hi all,

i have exchange 2010 in prod environment with two mailbox and two databases. i take backups of databases with HP Data Protector 6.20. now i am building a new test environment having exact configuration of PROD environment. i installed MBX servers and now i want to restore the PROD mailbox database to TEST environment so that i can make necessary tests. But i am stuck in how should i make so that test mailbox server will see this restored database file. when i create new database in exchange console it creates new database file, how can i change this with my restored database?

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try this:

- Once new empty database created, you must OVERRIDE this blank database with the restored one.
- Mount this blank database
- check in the properties of this blank database the option "This Database can be override by a restore" (on tab "maintenance")
- then, use your backup software to restore your prod database to this blank database (usually called "Restore to another location" option) - depend on your backup software.

1. Am I correct to assume the TEST network is isolated, i.e. not accessible from your production network?

2. Check this article out  it will answer allot of questions http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876874.aspx

3. To get the databases from your production network backup system onto the isolated test network you can restore to an alternate location and then transport the DB's on media to the isolated test network and follow the instructions in point 2 or if you have the hardware you could build a backup server with same software and that catalog the tape in question so that you can do a recover from within the isolated network
Skiff-SS-N-23Author Commented:
thanks, i missed the maintenance option, after checking problem resolved

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