Use NTBackup to restore old Exchange Mailbox store to different domain

Posted on 2014-09-02
Last Modified: 2014-09-03
I need to get some mailboxes from an old backup tape.
I've installed Win 2003 SP2, setup a new domain and installed Exchange 2003.

When I try to restore the Mailbox store using NTBACKUP I get to the screen that asks where to restore to..
I type in my new server's name, and a temporary path for the log files and get this error
The specified computer is not a Microsoft Exchange Server or its Microsoft Exchange services are not running

The server is an exchange server (version 2003) and the services are running.

I'm following this guide...

Any ideas? I do not know the name of the original information store or file paths
Is it possible to extract the edb files from my backup, how would I do that?
Question by:antonioking
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    Accepted Solution

    You cannot take a backup from one forest and restore to another, unless the second forest is identical to the first - same org name, server name etc.
    Therefore your only option is to use a third party tool to extract the content. Lots of those on the market - I will not make a recommendation though as most of them use dubious marketing methods.


    Author Comment

    thanks Simon
    Problem is most third party tools need the .edb files.
    My tapes are only showing "Microsoft information store"

    How do I get the edb files out of this or are there tools that can read my tapes?
    LVL 24

    Expert Comment

    If you can access the bkf from the tape  or get the bkf files out of the tape, you could try could try something like this to restore your emails directly from BKF files.
    Please check this

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you Simon
    I used a third party tool that was able to read the tape backup and allow me to extract the specific messages I wanted.

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