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I have a clean backup of my clients Exchange 2003 databases using NTBACKUP.
I needed to rebuild their SBS 2003 due to domain name changes and other reorganization of the company.

I read up on restoring exchange to a new server and the one thing that was stated was the Org name had to be the same.
I made sure that they matched.  The server name is not the same as it was prior.

Old Server Name: Server2003
New Server Name: SBS2003-1
When I run NTbackup to restore the exhange DB  I try to point the restore to another server, but When I click on Browse nothing is found.

 
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Option2Here us the error in the EventViewer:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      MSExchangeIS
Event Category:      Exchange Backup Restore
Event ID:      9635
Date:            10/23/2011
Time:            11:25:17 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      SBS2003-1
Description:
Failed to find a database to restore to from the Microsoft Active Directory.
 Storage Group specified on the backup media is cb711bbf-f9aa-4deb-ad06-42a1dd25e1fa.
 Database specified on backup media is Mailbox Store (SERVER2003), error is 0xc7fe1f42.

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by:Deepu Chowdary
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Its time for you to use Recovery storage group option.
Check this.
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by:yo_bee
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Tried that, but nada. :(.

I am thinking a ad restore, recover , export to pst's. The restore back to the present time.
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by:Deepu Chowdary
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Ohh sorry.. Ok then what information do you need..
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by:yo_bee
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Not sure. I thought that the restore would be straight forward.

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by:Deepu Chowdary
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Yes restoring is straight forward option.
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by:yo_bee
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:(.

So run the restore of the system state ?
Then the exchange ?
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by:yo_bee
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Looking for additional guidance.

Is there a way to just restore the Exchange databases as flat files using NTBACKUP?

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by:NotSoKlear
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Exchange Database is not a 'flat file' database. So, you will need to restore the entire database, et al.

I had the same issue and there is really not a work-around way, re-create the A/D domain, server, etc on another computer - install exchange and THEN restore the DB. After the database has been restored (btw, NT backup in my experience is horrible - use BU Exec or something else), recover the files to the individual users' mailbox (cached mode). If you can get to that point, add the new server to the users' profiles and upload the PST to the production server you want to use.

Bob



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by:yo_bee
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I am trying to spin up a VM on the SBS using Virtural Server 2005.
Would that work so I can run exmerge to a PST?

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by:NotSoKlear
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Lets assume you are just trying to get the mail back... starting from the basics - you need to establish that you can restore the database back to a mail server. Hence the reason of establishing, more or less, a sanitized version of what you had before.

And yes, there are many many articles of how to accomplish a restore - but - ultimately, spending the time trying every single attempt will take hours, if not days. In my experience - going back to the basics is the best way to go.

So, to answer your question - if you can get the mailboxes restored via the above exchange restore to a .PST file on the clients computer and the clients computer can connect to the exchange server - yes - it should work.

Bob
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After two days of research and question asking I came upon this search
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Search/en-US?query=how%20to%20restore%20exchange%202003%20to%20another%20server&ac=2
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125070(EXCHG.65).aspx
Found this exsurp on pages 135-136 & 148
Ensure That the Mailbox and Public Folder Store Names in Exchange System Manager Match Your Backup Media

Resolving Mismatched Names Between Exchange System Manager and Your Backup Media
In Exchange System Manager, right-click the storage group or database that you want to rename.
I had the Mailbox & Public Store names mismatched.
New Server: Mailbox Store (SBS2003-1) & Public Store (SBS2003-1)
Old Server: Mailbox Store (Server2003) & Public Store (2003)

I renamed the stores to match and the backup was successful.
Mounted cleanly and was able to attach to the user accounts.
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I sound the solution to my issue myself.
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