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How to recover sbs 2003 information store

Dead Intel S5000VSA SBS 2003 server 25 mailboxes.
Recovered all files onto usb disk partitions.
New SBS 2011 server in process.
Tried building sbs 2003 on PC and recovered AD but it hosed IIS so Exchange not working.

IS was around 68GB before crash. Several users over 2GB
Goal is to trim mailboxes and export to PST then import in e2k10

Any help is appreciated.

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Adam FarageEnterprise ArchCommented:
Here are step by step instructions for this process:


Since this isn't a typical exchange situations, I would rather point you to that guide vs me explaining it (which would be much, much longer).

Once you have the SBS 2003 machine rebuilt, and restored you can export the mailboxes out to PST. Anyone that is *over* 2GB you will need to do one of two things...

1) Use New-MailboxMoveRequest from Exchange 2010 to move the mailbox to the new environment, or to a staging mailbox where you can export the mailbox (New-MailboxExportRequest) and then import / merge the PST into the new mailbox (New-MailboxImportRequest) OR

2) Run Outlook 2007+ and export the mailbox to PST.

ExMerge (which is the old Mailbox to PST tool in the Ex2003 days) has a 2GB limit due to the encoding of the PST file it creates. Exchange 2007 + uses different encoding, which breaks this limit (and brings it upwards to 20GB).

Now once you get everything restored (SBS2003) and you are unable to mount the store, then you would have to run through a DR scenario on the mailbox role.

1) Run ESEUTIL /MH against the EDB file Exchange is attempting to mount, find out if it is a clean / dirty shutdown and if the logs are available

2) If the logs are not available, then you have to run ESEUTIL /P against the store. Remember that if you run ESEUTIL /P you are accepting data loss.

3) If the logs are available, then you can run ESEUTIL /R E00 /L<logpath>. This will replay the logs.

4) Once the process is done, attempt to mount the store and let us know what happens.
You can use third party tool like ontrack to recover the DB to PST.
MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
There are sites which do online recovery
Search in Google or yahoo
jag-pensAuthor Commented:

Thanks for your responses.  I looked a the MS b&r document but last night I thought I would try cloning the entire dead server file system contents to a sata drive just to try it.  I brought it up in safe mode first and disabled all the services I did not care about.  I did not worry about any drivers at this point.  I also plugged it into an old Sonicwall just so it could feel like it might be doing something useful when the network driver was fixed.  At this point (in safe mode) a usb disk didn't show up.

Rebooted into Windows, came up, fixed network driver and left others alone.
Fixed network adapter driver with Marvell 2003 driver.  Exchange was ok and I am exporting mailboxes under 2GB now, then I will start working on connecting a PC to it to drain off sent items and other low hanging fruit into PST files to bring the remaining MBs under 2GB and then finish exports.

Thanks for everyones help!

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