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  • Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

    Well...if some of you remember me I am kinda new here and had alot of questions. Since then, my setup is the exact way it was left when I got it and everything worked great. Until this morning at 3am.

    My building was hit by lightning. UPS fried, generator interface melted, grounding rods exploded under ground, plastic door melted on a server rack. A rack mount UPS units were hit and lightning made its way to one of my servers. Exchange 2003 of course. Other 3 servers are OK.

    Here is what I have done. Extra unit brought out of storage. Dell poweredge server. I had Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Exchange 2003. I have setup the Windows 2003 Sever Standard and am getting ready to install exchange 2003.

    I have the same IP address, added the unit back in as the same name for the server. I have my backup tape that has a copy of my exchagne store made yesterday evening that is still good (I take one to another room-off site backup). Can I just install a new exchange installation and then restore my exchange data since the servers have the SAME SERVER NAME and SAME IP ADDRESS and SAME DRIVE LETTER MAPPING and have no problems?
    Last edited by yeldar; 16th October 2008, 02:43.

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    Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

    No. You need to install Exchange with the /disasterrecovery switch. Then restore your db files, reboot and you should be good to go. Follow the instructions here:

    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/...ry-Switch.html

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    • #3
      Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

      Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
      No. You need to install Exchange with the /disasterrecovery switch. Then restore your db files, reboot and you should be good to go. Follow the instructions here:

      http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/...ry-Switch.html
      Joe....thanks for the link. Would it be OK to use take this opportunity to use a new server name as I have not yet added this to a domain yet....it is just setting their idle.

      Name now is NTSRV05. I would like to name the PC to just "mail".

      Can this work as part of my setting back up?

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      • #4
        Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

        Not without creating a big mess and a lot of work. In your case, you're better off recovering first and then implementing additional/new servers later. You might wait to see if Sembee posts a response to your post as he's the resident Exchange guru, very knowledgable and well respected.

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        • #5
          Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

          Originally posted by yeldar View Post
          My building was hit by lightning. UPS fried, generator interface melted, grounding rods exploded under ground, plastic door melted on a server rack. A rack mount UPS units were hit and lightning made its way to one of my servers. Exchange 2003 of course. Other 3 servers are OK.
          Pics or it didn't happen
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          • #6
            Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

            Yes plz, you can't brag brag about how trashed your kit got and then not show us the juicy pics!

            Plus, it'd be useful to include them in my report to management on why I'm asking for money to buy a UPS... at the moment the servers are on the same board as the factory machines. The little 250VA UPS on my PC spends most of its time telling me theres no mains because the supply voltage keeps dipping too low
            Gareth Howells

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            "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

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            • #7
              Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

              Do not try and use a different name. It will complicate matters greatly.
              Use the same name and the disaster recovery switch. That is the quickest way to get email flowing again.

              Simon.
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              Simon Butler
              Exchange MVP

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              • #8
                Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

                Originally posted by Sembee View Post
                Do not try and use a different name. It will complicate matters greatly.
                Use the same name and the disaster recovery switch. That is the quickest way to get email flowing again.
                Simon.
                OK THANKS. It is OK though that the new unit is a Win2k3 unit right? It is the same Exchange version and same drive letters and same PC name. The /prep commands have been done in the domainain that is still their

                thans!

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                • #9
                  Re: Struck by lightning...and more bad stuff

                  The fact that you are using a different version of Windows does not matter. In fact the configuration of the system itself doesn't matter either. The only thing that is of concern is the name of the machine.

                  Simon.
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                  Simon Butler
                  Exchange MVP

                  Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
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