Re: Real Life Restore Questions

  • From: "Michael Vella" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 09:37:01 +0100

[exchangelist] Re: Backup/DR Systems for ExchangeHi,

Thank you for your email, though we would appreciate it if you would post your 
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either myself or one of my colleagues will try to answer your queries. Most of 
the members are administrators with Exchange server installations and you would 
be able to benefit from their experience. Also, you would have the opportunity 
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Spencer Read (Nemesis) 
  To: [ExchangeList] 
  Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2005 11:23 AM
  Subject: Real Life Restore Questions

  Dear all,

  First some history

  August 2004 I moved companies and left the following system in pretty good 
  Dell Poweredge 1400SC
  Windows 2000 Server SP4
  C partition Windows, D partition Exchange files and all user data
  Exchange 2000 Server SP3
  Isa 2000 SP1 and FP1
  Active Directory, DNS etc on 1 box - yes Andrew, I know - Bad Idea :-) 
  At the time this is all the money givers would allow!

  15 hours ago I got a call saying the system had gone down on Wednesday and 
the new Guy couldn't get it running again!
  He said he has got D drive backup, Exchange and System State using NTBackup

  Since then I have

  Powered it on to find someone had deleted all the partitions!
  Recreated C and D partitions
  Reloaded Windows 2000 and SP4
  Restored System State Backup
  Ran Repair on Windows 2000 due to BSOD (Boot device inaccessible I think!)
  That got me to the stage of being able to see AD Users and internal DNS looks 
  Ran Exchange Disaster Recovery to reinstall program files.

  Then comes the issue.

  Exchange Services won't start to allow restore of backup.

  I am currently downloading SP3 for exchange as my CD is at work and I am not!

  Has anyone got any pointers as to what I've missed/done wrong?
  It's worked before for me on other systems, but not this one!



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