Exchange 2003 database corruption

Hi All,

I have had a huge database error recently. The database (.edb) was dismounted and it was suffering from "dirty shutdown"
I was able to fix it using "eseutil /p"  but i read that after a faliure like that it is highly recommended to create a totally clean database on a new harddisk and import the mail back to the mailboxes after.
My question is:
how can i do that? what would be the steps for it, and how is this effecting the outlook users?

Thanks.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Rather than using ESEUtil /P i would using Exchange Recovery from Kernel Data Recovery.

This software works offline and also does a deep level repair on the Exchange database. From there you will be able to export mailboxes that are within the EBD file.

This software works for all versions of Exchange.

Kernel Data Recovery for Exchange Server
http://www.kerneldatarecovery.com/exchange-server-recovery.html

Will.
Satya PathakLead Technical ConsultantCommented:
Please have a look below KB It help you to understand how eseutil/P whitch work in Exchange enviroment.

http://msexchangeguru.com/2011/03/02/databse-repair/
agriboy1980Author Commented:
Alright guys, thx for the quick reply, but i still need to do a fresh database and migrate all the emails back into it.
How would you do that as the fastest and most stable way?

Cheers
thx
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Create a new storage group in Exchange System Manager, and then in that storage group create a new mailbox database.  Then you can move the mailboxes from the older mailbox database to the newer one.  In Exchange 2003, the mailboxes will be offline while they're being moved.

If what you're saying is that the recommendation is actually to export the email from the old database and import it into the new one, then you'd need to use the old Exchange 2003 Exmerge utility:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2743

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agriboy1980Author Commented:
hi,

The article suggested that if you use "eseutil /p " it is recommended to create a new database and migrate everything into the new database, that is all. Isn'tit enough if i just move mailboxes with ESM from one storage group into the other? (i hate to use exMerge)
How is it gonna effect on users side the outlook, how are they gonna connect to the new storage group after the mailbox has been moved?

thx
Peter
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I would think that moving the mailboxes would be enough. The mailbox should be discovered automatically by Outlook, I'm pretty sure, given that it's still on the same server just in a different storage group.
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