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exchange server 2010 Disaster Recovery plan

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I am creating a procedure for Exchange server 2010 SP1 disaster recovery . basically a "what to do " document if this server dies.

what we have:

- Daily Backup of exchange Mail Store database
- Daily Backup of Exchange Public Folder database

We are using DPM to backup , we have many restore points available.
We prefer not to use BareMetal option since this server is located in a remote location.

Here is my thought :

- Rebuild the server and join to the domain ( same old name and IP address)
- Re-install exchange with desasterrecovery switch , so it reads configurations from active directory
- Restore Mail and Public Folder databases using DPM 2010

any suggestions ? do we need to configure anything else ? (e.g. Send/Receive connectors , etc ?)

Thanks
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This is pretty much everything you need:

1. Reset the computer account for the lost server. For detailed steps, see Reset a Computer Account.
2. Install the proper operating system and name the new server with the same name as the lost server. Recovery won't succeed if the server on which recovery is being performed doesn't have the same name as the lost server.
3. Join the server to the same domain as the lost server.
4. Install the necessary prerequisites and operating system components. For details, see Exchange 2010 System Requirements and Exchange 2010 Prerequisites.
5. Log on to the server being recovered and open a command prompt.
6. Navigate to the Exchange 2010 installation files, and run the following command:
Setup /m:RecoverServer 

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7. After Setup has completed, but before the recovered server is put into production, reconfigure any custom settings that were previously present on the server.

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With regards to your connectors: If I remember correctly your Send and Receive connectors are stored in Active Directory as a child object, so you should be able to recover it from AD. Although just creating them again will also not take too much of your time. Your default ones would definitely be created again though.

Hope this helps!!!

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Thanks , That's what I also thought . have you ever performed this yourself ? unfortunately there is now way to perform this in a lab environment.
Hendrik WieseInformation Security Manager

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Yes I have just can't remember if the connectors gets automatically restored, but like i said that is not a biggie.

And you can test this in a lab, just setup an AD and Exchange box and after everything has been configured. Just format your exchange box and try the recovery steps above.

Hope this helps!!!
Hendrik WieseInformation Security Manager

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Just a thought. :)

Keep in mind that as soon as you installed SP1 on Exchange for example, you would need to do the recovery using an exchange disk that has SP1 on it. So in short your recovery CD must have the same service packs as your exchange had at the time of failure.
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The connectors are stored in ad the only thing that would be lost would be bespoke iis settings but if they are standard then this is nothIng to worry about.

Remember you will need to install and connect to dpm the agent. You will have to restore the databases to the same location. If one of these databases was the first database that was moved to a different location, this will need to be moved and set to restore or be Over written.

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Excellent . and Thanks for the comments . Is it difficult to slipstream an installation with Service pack ?
Hendrik WieseInformation Security Manager

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No but you should be able to download an iso with the latest sp slipstreamed already.

Cheers!!!

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If you run setup from the command prompt you can select an updates folder which specifies the location of rollups. You can download the latest version of exchange which is already slipstreamed.

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