Recovering Exchange 2010 database on a new Exchange server?
Posted on 2013-06-17
At the end of last week our Exchange 2010 server blew a gasket and I couldn't get it back in a working state. So I decided to recreate the server and recover our Exchange database. Unfortunately things didn't work as expected. Installing Exchange with the "Setup /m:RecoverServer" didn't work and I had to perform a new install.
I have our Exchange database and log files copied directly from the broken server and after doing some research online it seemed that the next thing to do was to create a recovery database and then recover the mailboxes from this. However this procedure assumes that you have working mailboxes to transfer the recovered mailboxes to. I don't have any mailboxes. I'm hoping there's a way I can recover the mailboxes from the database but none of the info I'm reading online seems to fit our scenario.
I've managed to get the database backup into a recovery database which mounts, so I know I can get that far but I don't know if thats the best thing to do.
So could someone advise the best course of action from here?