Exchange 2007 single MBX restore using Outlook on replicated VM

Posted on 2014-08-28
Last Modified: 2014-09-14
Hi guys,
A bit of a weird question here ;-)

We're using Veeam 7.x to replicate our Exchange 2007 to a DR site (A single ESXi 5.x host).
The main DC is a physical box, and the secondary DC was replicated - and was used in this scenario.
Our only intention is a single MBX restore - but as you probably knows, Veeam doesn't seems to support it internally on Exch 2007(only 2010+2013), so we thought to utilize an outlook installation on the Exch2007 server and saving the content to PST.

We've tried the following workaround (and failed):
1. Connecting to the DR ESXi which stores the replicated Exchange + SECONDARY AD VM's.
2. Added an internal LAN with no NIC's to both VM's
3. Powered on both VM's (DC first)
4. All DC services seems to be on
5. Main Exchange services are down due to LDAP problems
6. Installing Outlook 2007 on Exch VM (in order to connect to MBX and convert it to PST

The domain name does not reply to ping from both Exch2007 and Secondary DC VM's. We've tried to add the domain name locally in the HOSTS file and received a ping reply, but still no luck.
After all the blah blah I've written, can someone kindly point out what's the best practice to perform a single mailbox restore on a replicated Exch 2007 ?

Thanks in advance
Question by:IT_Group1
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Your procedure is sound, and this is what we have in our Development Labs.

    However, it suggests, that something is not correct with your AD...

    Have you also "copied" your Physical DC, e.g. P2V of the server into VMware, and also ensure, that ALL VMs are roughly the same age?

    check using DCDIAG, repsum /replsum to check replication and AD

    check event logs....

    Author Comment


    The physical DC was not P2V to the DR site.
    The VM's are replicated weekly due to LAN limitations, and therefore they're in the same age.

    I'll perform the DCDIAG, repsum /replsum to check replication and AD, can you send me a link what to perform exactly?
    In the Event viewer on the Exch - everything is pointing to to the fact that the Exch services cannot communicate with the LDAP and the active directory services (lightweight) are not present.

    What do you think?
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Lets check AD first....

    hence why I wanted ALL the DCs to be available in the virtual environment!

    not just a selection.....

    which DC has all the FSMO roles?

    the physical ?

    get ALL your DCs in the Virtual Test environment....
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    Can you upload the results of the following command:   dcdiag /v e >c:\dcdiag.txt
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    type repadmin /replsum

    I suspect you do not have a working AD at the DR site to test!

    Author Comment

    Thanks - will do and update

    Author Comment

    For some reason both commands (repadmin /replsum + dcdiag /v e >c:\dcdiag.txt OR dcdiag) are not recognized on the backup DC which is currently replicated to the DR site. Any idea why?

    Andrew - do we need to have the main DC replicated also? I suspect it's a bit of a problem since it's physical, and we don't have any licensed products to backup it P2V to the DR vSphere environment, other than permanently P2V it.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks !
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    Accepted Solution

    If the commands are not available the Support Tools are not installed.

    Yes, the main DC must be replicated.

    P2V  it, using "VMware Converter"

    Author Comment

    We'll perform the P2V of the physical DC today, and will connect the new VM to the same internal vSwitch with the Exch - hopefully all Exch services will run OK and we'll be able to export the MBX.

    Will update and allocate the points once successful ;-)
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    That's how we build our test labs.

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