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  • Exchange 2013 database missing, is this possible?Hi all, Finally got Exchange 2013 S

    Hi all,


    Finally got Exchange 2013 SP1 installed except I am not so sure I have a database. This is installed on a Server 2008 system and is co-existing with Exchange 2007.


    When I go to SERVERS and DATABASES I don't have anything listed. When I click SERVERS on the left hand pane and SERVERS at the top I see both servers, 2007 and 2013. But when I double click my new Exchange Server 2013 name I get the error:



    The operation couldn't be performed because object '*\ExchangeServerName' couldn't be found on 'FirstDCName.mydomain.com'


    Why would I get this error? The install itself was problematic so I am concerned something is broke. Exchange 2013 DOES show the Exchange 2007 mailboxes though.


    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Exchange 2013 database missing, is this possible?Hi all, Finally got Exchange 20

    If the installation was troublesome, then you probably don't have a correct install.
    Installing Exchange should not be hassle, headache or an uphill task, it is usually the easiest bit of the install.

    Therefore I would remove the installation of Exchange 2013, wipe the machine and do it again.

    If you are seeing problems though you should resolve the underlying issues first.

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      Re: Exchange 2013 database missing, is this possible?Hi all, Finally got Exchange 20

      No I understand perfectly. I had previously tried installing CU2 and CU3 versions as that supports co-existence with Exchange 2007. Those failed saying it couldn't find the database but it WAS there. Then I saw that Exchange 2013 with SP1 came out and thought that was a better bet. Ran that install but during installing mail services almost same error, couldn't find db. After seeing in ADSIEDIT I had 3 or 4 databases and reading somewhere else someone suggested deleting them so I did (after I made sure the entries were only tied to the new Exchange server). Install went a lot further then failed because the TCP Port Sharing service was disabled. I ran the install again and it completed (don't recall a dialog saying so though).

      So that's where I am at. I just don't know why the Exchange setup is so "dumb" and then leaves the admin there to clean it up. I've seen way better installation programs.

      I might revert back to the state before Exchange was installed (it's a VM), delete Exchange and the db's from AD and try again, hoping the old db's that were still there was the main problem. Note when the SP1 failed I just deleted the db's and ran setup again on the same "failed" installation, so setup picked up where it left off.

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        Re: Exchange 2013 database missing, is this possible?Hi all, Finally got Exchange 20

        Since Exchange is closely tied to AD, reverting the VM will leave a lot behind (more than just the databases) and will cause a lot more problems than it solves.

        Better to do a good uninstall of Exchange from the server, which will also clean up AD. You can flatten the server after that.
        Tom Jones
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          Re: Exchange 2013 database missing, is this possible?Hi all, Finally got Exchange 20

          Do you still have issues with the install? It sounds to me that the Pre-Requisites for Exchange 2013 should have also been verified prior to the install. Also, it's worth verifying that AD is at the correct schema version for SP1.

          http://theessentialexchange.com/blog...a-version.aspx

          Did you also run the install as a member of Schema Admins and Enterprise Admins? If you are at the correct schema version, the answer is yes.

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          • #6
            Re: Exchange 2013 database missing, is this possible?Hi all, Finally got Exchange 20

            I would start with this:


            http://msexchangeguru.com/2013/05/10...013-migration/

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