Solved

Reconnecting Exchange 2003 to a failed domain controller

Posted on 2012-03-13
12
325 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-20
We recently had our primary domain controller fail.  We replaced it with a new server running the same operating system as before.  We recreated the user ID's and Passwords for the domain.  We restored the data to the new server.  Since our Exchange 2003 box was a member server of the old domain how do we reconnect the exchange box to our system?  I dont want to remove it fromt he doamin until I am sure taht we will not lose any data.
0
Comment
Question by:mcgowray
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • +2
12 Comments
 
LVL 37

Expert Comment

by:Neil Russell
ID: 37716525
How did you create the new domain controller? From a system state backup of the old server? Or jus by installing AD and giving the same name as the old server/domain?
0
 
LVL 7

Assisted Solution

by:dphantom
dphantom earned 133 total points
ID: 37716673
The link below may also be helpful depending upon how you restored/recreated your AD.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906154
0
 
LVL 42

Assisted Solution

by:Amit
Amit earned 267 total points
ID: 37716699
It seems this server also holds FSMO roles. The best option here is load the Exchange again with DR switch.  Steps are easy
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Failed-Exchange-2003-Member-Server-Using-Disaster-Recovery-Switch.html
0
Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

 

Author Comment

by:mcgowray
ID: 37716875
We created a new AD server with the old name.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:dphantom
ID: 37716897
well that is why Exchange is not working.  You have new SIDs, accounts etc.  The forest and domain prep have not been run so the schema is not ready for the Exchange server.

The above procedure should work.  Hopefully you have good backups of your Exchange mail.  You will need them to do a restore at the end of the recovery period.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:dphantom
ID: 37716903
edit my post above.  that procedure will NOT work.  It assumes AD has not been touched.
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:Amit
ID: 37716945
As you created new AD server, now the next option for your to mimic the old Exchange step and then restore date from the backup. For this you need to use the legacyexchangedn tool, note these are advance steps and required high level exchange expert.

If you have Microsoft support, call them.
0
 
LVL 42

Accepted Solution

by:
Amit earned 267 total points
ID: 37716959
Forget to post the link, here is the tool details, you need to read the legacyexchangedn tool section. This kind of scenario is used mainly for public folder restore. But you can use it for mailbox db also. Also wait for other EE's to reply, if they have any other suggestions.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Understanding-LegacyExchangeDN.html
0
 
LVL 37

Expert Comment

by:Neil Russell
ID: 37717035
If you created a new domain then your in do-do!!
Did you not have a system state backup of the old domain? Did you ONLY have a single domain controller?
0
 

Author Comment

by:mcgowray
ID: 37718086
The original DC failed.  We installed a new system, reloaded Server 2003 and created a new domain.
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:Amit
ID: 37719763
As old dc is gone, that means users are also gone. Buy 3party tool like edb to pst and merge the data.
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:Dave
ID: 37722792
" We recreated the user ID's and Passwords for the domain."

You can't, yes the names will be the same, but every user has a SID which will be different, and Exchange knows its different. Can you confirm you only had one DC? Are you sure you have no remenants, copies or backups of the DC anywhere?

In addition the exchange config is stored in AD so you have lost that as well. You need a tool to export the mail from the mailbox database EDB files to PST files with no AD in place. Make sure you copy your Exchange EDB before starting. Some tools I found which may work:-

http://www.quest.com/recovery-manager-for-exchange/

http://www.edb-pst-converter.com/buy-edb-conversion-software.php

http://www.lucid8.com/pricing/pricelist_digiscope.asp

http://www.unistal.com/exchange-recovery-tool-buy-now.html

http://www.krollontrack.com/information-management/email-management-for-exchange/

I haven't personally tried any of the above. The Quest tool is often praised in other forums, but it may be too expensive for your use. Once you are happy you have the mail backed up in PST files the you will need to re-install exchange from scratch, mail-enable the new users, and import the PST files.

Good Luck.
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Scam emails are a huge burden for many businesses. Spotting one is not always easy. Follow our tips to identify if an email you receive is a scam.
This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
How to create a custom search shortcut to site-search Experts Exchange using Google in the Firefox browser. This eliminates the need to type out site:experts-exchange.com whenever you want to search the site. Launch your Bookmark Menu: Press 'Ctrl +…
To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question