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Check Exchange 2016 settings in a restored VM without a network connection

I'd like to restore a backup of my Exchange 2016 as a VM so that I can compare some settings but the VM will not have a network adapter enabled.  As a result I can't run any exchange shell commands because there is no network, domain, dns, etc....  Are there any hacks or workarounds or guides to this?
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viktor grantExchange ServersCommented:

You will need to do the following with internal network switch:

1)  Install Windows Server following the same organization that you have with the same organization. You will need to configure DC, using the same domain details as your existing AD domain.
2) Install Exchange Server with the sam disks, same name,...
3) Run a restore of the exchange databases.  
4) Configure everything like your exchange.

Check this link:


AD contains your Exchange server's info. You need to have AD with DNS in a LAB setup.
You can run setup.exe with recover option.
This will bring most of the info about the Exchange config from AD container then restore your custom's setup, such as web.conf , DBs and logs etc.
The second link might help you.

MedrxAuthor Commented:
I didn't want to re-install the exchange server and then reconfigure it.  I wanted to bring up a backup of my exchange server and check some settings out.  I didn't realize that a DC needed to be present and accessible to the restore exchange server.

I ended up using Veeams Virtual Lab to restore my exchange and DC into a lab environment which got me what I needed.

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