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Restoring Exchange 5.5

By jcbrito_77 ·
Is it posible to restore exchange to an existing server in a domain?

Scenario: Exchange server went down need to restore exchange from backup. Can I load exchange server 5.5 on a different computer and restore from backup. If I can, can I get info on how to do this or point me to the right direction where I can find some info. Help will be appreciated.
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Restoring Exchange 5.5

by curlergirl In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

Here are the basic steps from a Microsoft whitepaper on disaster recovery in Exchange. It works best if you have a full offline backup. If you have an online backup, you need to be sure that you can restore all of the log files that were on the server at the time of the backup.

1. Remove the failed server from the domain. Be sure to actually delete the computer account from Server Manager as well as physically disconnecting the server.
2. Install Windows NT on a new server using the same server name as the failed server and joining the domain as a "new" BDC or member server.
Install any Windows NT service packs or hot fixes.
3. Install any necessary third-party backup software.
4. Install Exchange, creating a new organization and site with the same name as the existing site. If there were no service packs or hot fixes on the failed server, you can use the setup /r option. If there were service packs and other fixes, run a "normal" setup and do not use setup /r.
5.Apply any Exchange service packs or hot fixes.
6. Stop all Exchange services except the system attendant.
7. Delete all checkpoint files and transaction log files.
8. Restore the Exchange databases (directory plus both information store databases) from the backup.
9. Start the Exchange services and check that they run normally.
10. Install any additional software.

Hope this helps!

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by jcbrito_77 In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

I will try this. My exchange server isn?t down I?m only doing a hardware up grade, moving exchange to a different server. Will it be easier to join a the second exchange server to an existing site and remove old server from site.

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by NetTek In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

I would not attempt to move an exchange database to a new server when there is another alternative. Too much can go wrong.

Instead:
1. Install Exchange 5.5 on the new server, and put it in the same site container as the old server.
2. When no one is connected to the old Exchange server, open Exchange Administrator, and view the recipients.
3. Highlight a recipient (or mulitple recipients), and select Tools -> Move Mailbox.
4. Select the new Exchange server to move the mailboxes to.

This actually goes quite fast if done over a LAN, and is much more reliable than trying to merge a database onto a new server.

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by jcbrito_77 In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

I joined the new server to an existing site and while exchange was loading it replicated all the recipients. How do I remove this server from the site how will the clients machines know to go to new server?

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by jcbrito_77 In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

How do I remove the first exchange server in a site.

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by curlergirl In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

Sorry I missed the point on my first answer - by the wording of your question, I assumed it was a situation where the original server was no longer running. False assumption, apparently. Here's a link to an article on how to remove the first Exchange server from the site: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;152959

(be sure to remove any spaces that may appear in the URL)

Hope this helps!

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by olisao55 In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

I have moved and rebuilt exchange 5.5 servers. The only thing you have to worry about in reinstalling exchange is making sure that you have named everything identical to your old setup, and then install the same service pack as on the prior machine,also make sure that all of your drive letters will be the same in exchange optimizer, when they are all the same, including the service account. move them all over and run the patch isinteg from the microsoft website. This will sync the accounts andyou will be up and running.

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by olisao55 In reply to Restoring Exchange 5.5

Exchange service pack has to be the same. Not NT/2000. I have moved Exchange from nt to 2000 or 2000 to 2000 both, none of these things matter

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