The players - VMware 5, Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, Win7, and Veeam 6.0.
The request - find and PDF an old employee's emailbox from 2 years ago from a backup.
The plan - create a mini version of the network in VMWare. Restore a DC, Exchange, and win7 box. Connect them with an interal switch and keep them segregated. (plus, its good time to do some Disaster Recovery testing). Get everything running and extract the emails using Acrobat.
The problem - Can't get the older copy of the DC to boot in anything but System Recovery mode. If I restore a copy of the DC from this year, it will boot up after removing all other DCs listed in Active Directory. But the old Exchange server will not connect to the domain. It gives lost trust errors and 'The service cannot accept control messages at this time' notices when trying to change domains.
Also, the backup are from 2010. VMware 4 and Veeam 4 were being used at the time.
Alternate plan - yes I could pull the Exchange database files from backup (instead of the whole server) and bring the mailbox back into Exchange. But I am not sure how Exchange 2010 sp1 will like an Exchange 2010 without sp1 database. Not using SP2, yet.
The questions - Is there a expiration date for restoring AD sensitive servers?
Anybody try to do this type of restore before and can advise?
I'm still wading through articles on restoring VM domain controllers and loss Exchanges trusts. As another test, I plan to restore a month old copy of the three systems and see if that works (for disaster recover purposes).
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.