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Can I restore exchange 2007 on server 2008 without system state backup?

I have several servers running server 2008 and exchange 2007.

I am using backup assist Rsync standalone version to backup data and the exchange database.

I do not currently perform system state backups because the amount of users and thus the amount of config required at setup is very small.

However, my question is, if I needed to completely reload and restore exchange, would I be able to do so without a system state backup?

IE could I reload, re-create domain, users, re install exchange, then restore the backed up database successfully to the new server?

Thanks in advance
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
yes just need to make sure that server\Database and Org name are the same :)

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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Is any information being changed if so it would have issue ... DomainName \ ServerName \ExchangeOrgName

How to Restore a Streaming Backup to a Different Server
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa995898(v=EXCHG.80).aspx

Restore Exchange 2007 database to another server
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/exchangesvravailabilityandisasterrecovery/thread/51862c49-707c-4c6e-9c1b-bdebded5f9f3

Exchange 2007 Mailbox Restore – Different Server
http://forums.msexchange.org/m_1800505472/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm#1800506905

- Rancy
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need to have the System State.
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davids355Author Commented:
Hanccocka: can you please explain (seeing as first two answers suggest it can be done without system state.)?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are wanting to reproduce your existing server for Disaster Recovery, you will need to restore with System State (Backup).

Why not just tick the box to Backup System State?
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davids355Author Commented:
I can configure users, perms etc- there's only 10-20 users average on our systems).

The reason I can't do system state is because in 2008 you have to do it with exchange, you have to have dedicated backup device I believe? And we are transporting offsite.
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vicky19Commented:
If you just want the data on to another server as suggested by Rancy you can perform the actions on a different server.

Regards
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davids355Author Commented:
just for anyone else reading, I managed to perform a successful test restore on a new server.
I followed these steps:

1.backup the existing exchange database (i used backup assist to backup the flatfile database)
2.install test server and create same server name, same domain etc
3.restore the exchange database
4.set database can be overwritten by restore attribute, then mount
5.run Get-MailboxDatabase | Clean-MailboxDatabase - then mailboxes show up in disconnected
6.connect all mailboxes to AD accounts

--I know this isnt ideal, I am also going to look into the possibility of performing either system state backups, and or bare metal image using backup assist. However, this is suitable for the moment (seeing as I am dealing with organisations with a very small number of users (and limited budgets).

Thanks guys!
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davids355Author Commented:
Thanks guys.
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