Re: Real Life Restore Questions

  • From: "Spencer Read \(Nemesis\)" <ser@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 09:48:47 -0000

Now this has reached the list (my bad!) - I have some more information
that might help.

The system is now up and running apart from .....
Users cannot send or receive mail internally and no email is being
received from the pop3 downloader

Vpop3 downloads mail and forwards to Exchange SMTP on port 1025 - Vpop3
is downloading forwarding correctly.
I can telnet to localhost port 1025 and send emails correctly using
I have reinstalled the SMTP server using SMTPreinstall.exe
Reinstalled Exchange SP3 and all hotfixes

All existing mail, calendars and contacts are accessible at this time.

Any advice would be welcome.


        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Spencer Read (Nemesis) <mailto:ser@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
        To: [ExchangeList] <mailto:exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
        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 order
        Dell Poweredge 1400SC
        Windows 2000 Server SP4
        C partition Windows, D partition Exchange files and all user
        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 OK
        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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