RE: Testing a Full Exchange Backup

  • From: "Lloyd Williams" <Williams@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 15:02:02 -0500

Thank you and yes the server was a migration from 5.5  so I would need
the extra steps
Lloyd

-----Original Message-----
From: ChongJa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ChongJa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 2:48 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Testing a Full Exchange Backup

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I've built one before. The easiest cheapest way to build:


1. Create new server different hostname than your exchange 2. Create new
forest domain (different name) 3. Install AD 4. Install Exchange, make
sure your Exchange org name is the same as your production org name 5.
Make sure all your DB locations, log files mirror your config of your
production server. I would install Exchange in the same path as
production etc. Try to make it a mirror config

This is all you need to do. You can restore and mount the Database. Then
you can create test accounts and connect the mailboxes, exmerge them out
or whatever. This is how I tested backups. If your production Exchange
server was a product of a migration from 5.5 you need to do a few
addition changes or the restore won't work. If this is the case let me
know and I will tell you what else you need to configure. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Lloyd Williams [mailto:Williams@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 1:02 PM
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Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Testing a Full Exchange Backup

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Two thoughts,
1 Can the recovery storage group be on a different exchange server in
the same organization. Ie can I back up server1 to tape then restore to
a storage recovery group on server2, then duplicate back to my mailbox
on server1
2 I'm sure I've read of people restoring their mailboxes to an alternate
server then using Exmerge to move them back to the original server. How
is this done it would seem that would create two mailboxes per user in
the same organization which I believe is not allowed

Lloyd

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Mackenzie [mailto:r.mackenzie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 12:46 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Testing a Full Exchange Backup

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Lloyd,

        For complete disaster recovery practice you'll need to clone
everything - though that's not too much in your situation. Likely all
this could run on old kit except for the restore device. Just to test
the backup you can use the recovery storage group and try duplicating
your own mailbox back into the live service.

        A few words but a lot of work.

Regards, Roger Mackenzie (Glasgow University) 

-----Original Message-----
From: Lloyd Williams [mailto:Williams@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 08 December 2005 17:33
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Testing a Full Exchange Backup

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 I would like to be able to test my backups by restoring them to a
second server and then basically logging on to that server to examine
the result of the restore. This seems to be harder to do than it should
be My first thought was to create a second server in my Exchange
organization and restore the backup to that server. However it doesn't
seem possible as it looks like exchange only supports one mailbox per
user per organization. The restore would create a second mailbox per
user (on the second server) in the organization. It doesn't seem this is
supported.
My second thought was to create a second organization within the same
active directory tree. But it looks like that is not supported by Active
Directory.
My third idea would be to create a totally separate tree plus
organization but then none of my users would have accounts in this
directory tree to be able to access the mailboxes unless I cloned one of
my active directory servers.
So how does one do this, it would be nice to be able to restore to
another working server, then in the event of a disaster, one could do
this much practiced restore, ( for real) and then just switch IP's on
the server and be back in business

How do other people test their backups?

PS I have Exchange Enterprise 2003 on Standard Server 2003, in a single
tree Active Directory setup 

Lloyd

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