I am trying to setup a copy of my production Exchange server on my test network. I am running Exchange 2003 in a Windows 2000 Domain. I setup Exchange using setup /disasterrecovery and tried to restore using NTBackup. NTBackup can't restore because Exchange Information Store isn't running since there is no database present. I am trying to restore the database, but it can't be done unless there is a database present. It's like a Catch-22. Here is what I did: I created an online backup of Exchange databases using NTBackup (skipped the system state). Then I setup a server on my test network with the same name and partitions and installed Exchange with the following command: setup /disasterrecovery. This installed Exchange, then I updated to Exchange SP1 also using the disaster recovery switch. According to the microsoft disaster recovery document, Exchange information store should be running. So I try to start that. It won't start since there are no databases present. The databases seem to be present in ESM, but when I go to their file location, it's empty. The documentation doesn't mention anything about the databases missing. Infact, it says that you should make a backup of the current database to another location. So I am guessing I made a mistake somewhere, and there should be an empty temporary database present which can be overwritten. Any advice what I should do?