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Restore an Exchange 2003 cluster backup to an Exchange 2003 standalone server?

By Zemi ·
We have a two node Exchange 2003 active/passive cluster that we backup using Veritas Backup Exec 9.1. Let's say the cluster burned to the ground. Could I install Exchange on a standalone server and give it the same name and ip as the cluster EVS and restore the full Exchange store backup to the standalone server?

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Restore an Exchange 2003 ...

Exchange (like SQL) is cluster aware and in this case I would say no. But you can set up a single node cluster (just no failover server) to get round it...

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by CG IT In reply to Restore an Exchange 2003 ...

whats active passive cluster mean?

There is front end/backend Exchange or clustered Exchange. There isn't a passive Exchange server [unless you mean a backend Exchange which isn't passive].

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by CG IT In reply to

if you provide a link to technet on cluster nodes, which technet can provide the answer to your question can you restore a backed up cluster to a single server, then why ask the question?

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by CG IT In reply to

gotta admit that the question is a bit ambiguous.

if you have an active Exchange cluster node [2 or more servers clustered] and you have a fail over cluster node [2 or more servers clustered], what's the point of restoring to a single server instance?

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this works in a real DR and is tested

by bretttaylor In reply to Restore an Exchange 2003 ...

NOTE: If you have a front end exchange server it will need to be reinstalled

The following sets out from start to finish how to recover Exchange from a cluster to a standalone server.

Now we need to run ADSI edit remove old exchange.
Click Start, Run, type "ADSIedit.msc"
Delete the entry CN=Microsoft Exchange

Now we need to delete the second entry.
Expand Domain
Delete the entry
CN=Microsoft Exchange System Objects
Now close ADSI edit

Now delete old Mail computer account from AD to allow the new mail server to take the old name

Join the allocated machine to the domain with original exchange server name (case sensitive)
Configure the following:
Computer Name: ?computer name?
Tick Domain: ?Domain?

Restart computer on success.

Configure NIC on exchange server to same settings as original server

Now we need to install the pre requisites for Exchange 2003 Enterprise / Standard.
Which are as follows:
Install IIS with the components as listed below
NNTP SMTP, World Wide Web Services

Once this requirements are complete you can run exchange setup for standalone first time server.
Set install path to ?default company standard?
Select ?Create a new Exchange Organization
Set Organization name to: ?Original Name? (is case sensitive)

Now install Microsoft Exchange 2003 SP2 update

Now we need to relink the names
If needed download legacydn from Microsoft and extract to C:

To execute
Go to Start, Run type CMD
Go to root of C:
Type: legacyDN.exe /forcewrite
Login with a domain admin account
Make necessary changes for Org Name: MAIL (is case sensitive).

Now we can open Exchange system manager
Rename First Storage Group to ?Original Name?
Create required storage groups as they existed in clustered environment (is case sensitive)
Click Database Tab, tick this database can be overwritten by a restore
NOTE: But do not mount DB?s yet

Copy restored DB?s into default DB folder ie: d:\program files\exchsrvr\dbadata

Now we need to rename the public folders store.
Right click rename
Type name: ?original Name?
Click OK

After rebooting you should have the stores mounted.

Open AD and right click each user and remove exchange attributes.

Open Exchange System Manager and right click each user and reconnect there mailbox.

User can now log in and test.

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unable to reconnect restored mailox

by bklau In reply to this works in a real DR a ...

I have follow exactly till third last sentence of this artical, work fine, but when try to reconnect the mailbox, the option to reconnect is shaded, have try reboot exchange server still same problem.


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