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By lheisey ·
What is the correct way to replace and Exchange server that is a BDC on NT 4.0 in order to maintain all integrity? I will restoring off tape backup.

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by DAO251 In reply to Swap out Exchange Server

You can restore Exchange Server from backup to ONLY machine having SAME NETBIOS name.

In case it is ONE site ONE server org AND there is no other services that depends on BDC name, you may consider something like that:

1) stop Exchange and make offline backup (just copy all its files, not necessarily to tape)

2) disconnect and remove old BDC from Domain

3) rename new BDC if it was already installed into your domain, or install new BDC with the old name.
(BTW -- will it be DC? if no, you may rename old BDC instead of removing it from domain at step 2 and just reneme the new standalone server)

4) install Exchange on the new machine
NB! same SP level!.
NB! You cannot install Exchange then rename!!!

5) stop the new Exchange and restore all its files from the copy you made at step 1.

6) run Exchange.

However, if your Exchange is a part of multisite/multiserver organization, or there are some other things related to renamings, you have to go "smoother" way, that is:
1)insatll new Exchange server into same site (join existing site),
2)move all mailboxes, rehome public folders 3) follow MS KB article Q152959 "How to Remove the First Exchange Server in a Site".

This is most safe and correct way. Though, maybe bit longer. Its advantage it can be done step-by-step, almost online, in long period with ability to roll-back every step.

Cheers,
Dima

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