RE: Exchange Rebuild/recovery

  • From: "Mark Fugatt" <mark@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 14:15:40 -0500


In the competition between you and your boss, I would award you the Gold
Star, recovering an Exchange server is not just a case of restore to a
new server and away you go, it needs to be planned a bit better than

You would need to install Exchange 2000 using exactly the same name as
the old server, make sure all your Administrative Groups, Storage
Groups, Stores etc are named exactly the same as the old server (so
documentation is very important), then you can restore the data.

Does the server also run AD, if it does that of course would add to the
disaster recovery plan.

I would recommend you read through this document:;en-us;q326052

If you messaging system is critical (as it is in most companies) you may
want to look at implementing a Clustered solutions.

Hope this helps

Mark Fugatt
MCSE, MCT, Microsoft Exchange MVP
Pentech Office Solutions Inc
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kelli Irwin [mailto:kirwin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 2:05 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Exchange Rebuild/recovery

Hi All,

Quick Question.  We are running Exchange 2000.  My Boss and I disagree
on a point.  He says he heard that if our Exchange Server would
completely "bite the dust".... as in, be destroyed or maybe even just
the Hard Drive go south... that we could recover by just bringing in
another computer running Windows 2000 Server and restoring all the
appropriate files from our backups.  I say  we would have to build
another Exchange Server by installing Exchange 2000 and then configuring
it.  We then could recover our mailboxes etc. from the backup files.

Who is correct?  
What files SHOULD I be backing up?
Are there existing articles on the best way to back up Exchange. Should
I be running some sort of "mirror" drive? How are y'all handling
"disaster recovery" for Exchange?

Thanks in advance,
Kelli Irwin

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