Exchange 2010 information store recovery

I'm working with a new client who had an exchange server crash. The OS was unrecoverable. I was able to copy all of the data however. Unfortunately the clients latest backup is from over a month ago, but it is a full image. I am restoring that image now, to bring the server back to  functional level. Since I was able to copy all of the data, I have the information stores as they were at time of the crash. What's the method for mounting the newer information store and importing mail/mailboxes? Best practices?
sdholden28Asked:
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Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

However before jumping on the Dial tone DB process make sure your DB is intact and if you want to run a Hard recovery & repair the DB please refer the below link detailed steps are given.

http://msexchangeguru.com/2009/07/12/exchange-database-recovery-using-eseutil-commands/

The best process is Dial Tone Recovery. Because using Dial tone Recovery for temporary you would be able to resume email services to the users where in the meantime you can perform recovery for the OLD DB. Once the Old DB is back online you can swap the DB and in the meantime whatever msg were sent by the users you can recover those by Use the Get-Mailbox and New-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlets to export the data from the RDB and import it into the recovered database. This will import all the messages sent and received using the dial tone database into the production database.

Please follow the below link this works for Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 too.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd979810%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx

Thanks
Manikandan

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sdholden28Author Commented:
I don't have to worry too much about downtime in this instance, because we're well after hours. No users to worry about right now. No need for a dial tone database I don't think. Once the server comes back up from the restore, exchange will be intact, with an information store from 30 days ago. I have file copies of the entire hard drive from right before the restore, which was today. I would like to simply swap the 30 day old information store with the one I have from the file copies. Its not an official exchange backup, and I don't know if it was shutdown cleanly or not, but that's what I would like to do. How? What files do I need to copy and where? Is it as simple as unmounting the current store, swapping files, and remounting? If so, detailed steps on that would be terriffic.
Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

The Complete hard recovery steps and what you need to do with screenshot is already given in the below link. Please refer.

http://msexchangeguru.com/2009/07/12/exchange-database-recovery-using-eseutil-commands/

Thanks
Manikandan
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sdholden28Author Commented:
Any reason I can't follow the instructions at this link, and just start at step 6?
https://secure.efoldering.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/21/0/how-do-i-restore-exchange-server-stores
Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

This is for Exchange 2003. In-case if you're running Exchange 2003 then you can follow the link. However for 2007 and 2010. The link which i gave is the best.

Thanks
Manikandan
sdholden28Author Commented:
Thanks for the assistance. Unfortunately to backup was not viable so we've moved to a hosted exchange environment for quickest restoration of mailflow. We are working on data recovery at the moment, but until there is data to restore, how to restore it is moot. Thanks for your time.
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