SBS 2011 corrupt database
Posted on 2016-10-14
This is gonna be tricky. SBS native backups were stalling on running consistency checks for exchange. Did some digging and discovered corrupt exchange database, So before I did anything, I dismounted the database and copied it over to an external disk. But it failed the copy citing an error reading from disk. Disk health is good.
DB is 198GB and there's not enough space available to perform an eseutil repair. TIme is of great importance so I created a new database and moved the mailboxes to that. All good except for one mailbox. So we exported the mailbox via outlook, disabled the mailbox in exchange, created a new one and imported the PST.
So now we have a healthy second database hosting all the malboxes and mailflow/client access is all good. But I know that SBS is heavily wizard driven and the links with exchange for these wizards, sharepoint etc means that unless that original database exists, things will not work as expected.
So i need to get that database back online. Cant move it, cant repair it, cant defrag it and cant remove it in the EMC.
What are my options?
Can I dismount the database, delete the file from disk and create a new one?