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Hi my W2K8 Server crashed and I had to get new hardware in, there is no image backup so basically I will have to restore from backup at a file level.

Is there a guide on the steps by step on how to do this without impacting the clients connected to it too much? Or do we have to start from scratch. Any help would be appreciated. I am stressed!
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You really have to start from scratch based on your description.

If your backup contains folder structures for users, then you can set up the same folders and users should have minimal impact.  You must have some structure or else you will not know where the files belong.

I would set up Active Directory again and use the same user names as before. People will need to unmap any drives they have, log on as the new username (even though the same) and set up new drive mappings.

The key here will be to salvage user folder structures so that users will have their data.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Your topic says Exchange and you do not say anything about Exchange. If you had an Exchange server, hopefully you have the Exchange mail store files that you can use to restore Exchange. You may need Microsoft's support to do this and I do recommend them.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Yes the SBS server is also an exchange server as well as a file server and domain controller
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I had an Exchange crash (not server crash) at a client some years back. I needed the Exchange backups from tape (which I had) and Microsoft restored Exchange (very little email loss indeed).

So hopefully (have to restore from backup at a file level) you have the correct Exchange files.

... Thinkpads_User
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So what kind of exchnage files are we talking about? The .edb file log files?
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You need all the files in the Exchange server store.  Here is a sample article illustrating the file structure of Exchange and some of the files in it.

http://www.msexchange.org/articles/understanding-exchange-information-store.html

The log files do not contain the emails, so you do need to get all of the email files that Exchange had.

... Thinkpads_User
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ok so if I have the files for exchange it should not whine and complain that it did not come from the same server and will just mount happily or will I have to do some scripts and stuff?
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Hello OZSG:  I am not an Exchange expert. If you have all the files you should be able to restore them to the new server. I cannot tell you how to do that and I have used Microsoft Server support people to restore Exchange.

There may be someone here who can help you with the Exchange restoration steps.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Hello OZSG:  Thanks and good luck implementing your new server. ... Thinkpads_User
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Server is up and running thanks just asked users to export their emails to pst. It was a long process..
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