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  • 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

    Hi guys.
    This is a really dumb question, so i apologize in advance.

    I have 1 exchange 2003 server up and in use.
    I want to install a second, which i can use purely for restoring mailboxes to, because i want to keep old e-mails off the live box, keep it running nicely.

    If i install the backup exchange 2003 server, how easy will it be to remove, and will it mess up any of my existing e-mailing/AD/GC set up ?

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

    You don't need to use a second server for data recovery.
    Exchange 2003 has a feature called the Recovery Storage Group which you can recover data to without affecting the live server. You can then extract information from that recovery storage group and merge it back in to the live server.

    http://hellomate.typepad.com/exchang...covery_st.html

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=824126

    Recovering data without exmerge
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../2003/RMD.mspx

    I would suggest that you look at the data recovery documentation on microsoft.com to develop a data recovery strategy. Exchange is very sensitive to the server name, domain name etc, and you cannot just pull Exchange servers in and out, on and off without causing problems.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

      That sounds like a much better solution

      Thanks for your help !

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      • #4
        Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

        Do you have any experience of doing this with Symantec Backup Exec ?
        I have created the RSG, and chosen the store i want to use.
        Now when i go to restore, i can't see anything telling me i can redirect the backup to the RSG.

        Does symantec just know that's where i want it, or does the RSG take over ?
        I don't want to restore to my first storage group, as the backup is too large and will crash the server as the DB cannot grow enough.

        The symantec site isn't very informative
        Symantec Article

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        • #5
          Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

          Ahh.
          May have found a problem.

          I'm not trying to restore a mailbox store, just a mailbox.
          I believe this is going to add all emails to the mailbox belonging to the original store, not create a new mailbox associated to the RSG.

          Any ideas guys ?

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          • #6
            Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

            You don't tell the software to restore to the RSG. You simply restore as normal and Exchange will direct the restore to the RSG. As long as allow overwrite is not enabled on the production mailbox then the backup will go to the RSG.
            I was doubtful when I had to do it for the first time, but it does work, without any intervention.

            You restore the store, then extract what you need.

            However if you are doing mailbox level backups as well as information store then you are basically duplicating the data.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

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            More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
            Exchange Resources List: http://exbpa.com/
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            • #7
              Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

              Another stupid question, where do i find the "allow overwrite" permission setting ?

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              • #8
                Re: 2 Exchange 2003 server in 1 domain

                That would be here:



                Andy

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