Recovering Physical Exchange Server 2013 CAS role into newly rebuild VM ?


Rather than converting P2V of Physical Exchange Server 2013 SP1 CU9 CAS role into Virtual Machine, I've reset the AD computer account of the CAS server and now begin to rebuilding the CAS server role using

Setup.exe /M:RecoverServer parameter from the Exchange Server 2013 CU1 .ISO file, what do I need to do to ensure that the previous CAS server is exactly the same as the newly rebuild VM ?

I have make sure the same name and IP address on the VM and joined to the AD domain, but what are the other things that I need to manually configure to get the exact settings when it was still running as Physical machine ?

Note: Load balancing is using Windows IGMP Multicast NLB.

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Adam FarageEnterprise ArchCommented:
I wont answer for the Windows NLB portion since I try my best to never use it, but it shouldn't be much:

- Make sure Windows is running the same OS version, and the update it completely
- When the box comes back online I would just run the Get- commands within PowerShell to make sure your virtual directories are configured properly (which I believe they should since that is the point of the /M:RecoverServer command)
- You will need to reinstall your SSL certificate

Outside of this confirm that the transport send / receive connectors are proper, and you should be set.

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
OK, So how do I reinstall the SSL certificates ?

Because not sure how to do it.
The IP address and host name is exactly the same.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
To reinstalled your cert reference my HowTo below on how to do this. Installing and Enabling the Cert is the second part of the HowTo.

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so in this case, I will have to export the SSL certificate after I have configured everything successfully as the backup plan.

@Adam & @Will after the /m:RecoverServer reisntallation, somehow everything looks "normal" so can we safely assume that all of the exchange server related informations are all stored in AD and then automatically applied to the new CAS server ?

I guess it's the matter of customizing OWA.
Adam FarageEnterprise ArchCommented:
OWA customization is not held within AD but instead the IIS virtual directory (and the windows file system). Otherwise yes, most if not all configuration settings are backed by an AD attribute, so doing /M:RecoverServer would have restored them from previous (minus the SSL certificate).
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