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    Hello,
    tomorrow I have to go to troubleshoot failed Exchange 2003 server in remote office.
    The server was problematic from day one (back to 2006) because the "specialist" installed TS services on it.

    The only positive thing is that full DB backup is available for last couple of weeks and until the crush. Now the server goes down 5 minutes after boot.
    I would like to take a look for troubleshooting the server but most likely, I will reinstall the server. The situation is that the money-person is out of the office for couple of weeks so I can not buy a new machine.

    My plan is to install new 2003 server on VM(ESX host). And install Exchange 2003 on it. Then, restore DB backup. Then to purchase G6 server, install Exchange 2010 on HYPER-V and migrate 2003 to 2010 (but this is a different story ).

    Tomorrow I have to make work E2003.

    Please provide detailed steps for dealing with backup restore to clean E2003, possible pitfalls and fixes.
    Obviously, I will install 2003 fully patched with the same name and IP, then Exchange 2003 with patches...

    I did this operation long time ago and remember there were some issues fixable with tips from the web.

    Thanks,
    Michael.
    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

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    Re: exchange 2003 failed. Database backup is available.

    Detailed instructions? Where do I send my invoice?

    DR for Exchange 2003 is heavily documented on Microsoft's web site in Technet, and can be easily found using Google.

    The key steps are to install Windows with the same name as the original server, after resetting the machine account, then install Exchange using the disasterrecovery switch. You will then be able to restore the database easily to the recovered installation.

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      Re: exchange 2003 failed. Database backup is available.

      yehh, sure invoice

      Found some stuff on google. and here on Petri by Daniel:

      http://www.petri.com/exchange_disast...ery_switch.htm
      "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

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