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  • Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

    Here is the scenario. Going to run a disaster recovery exercise of a child domain using a mixture if hardware and vmware servers. The main question is, we are able to bring up the DC of the child domain. At reboot it attempts to contact all the other DC's on the forest and once it times out were are able to login. Now for the interesting part. getting Exchange 2003 to come up has been a bit more challenging. As we don't have access to the root domain DC where the operations roles are held for exchange(because a DR test) is there a way to get exchange up? What FSMO roles does exchange need to come up (Schema............)

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

    AFAIK, Exchange only needs access to a DC and a GC, but not any of the FSMO role holders. Do you have a DC\GC in the domain\site where the Exchange server is?

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    • #3
      Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

      Yes, we have a VM of the local DC.

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      • #4
        Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

        But here is the twist, it's closed test so the dc does not have access to the world.

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        • #5
          Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

          Is the DC a GC?

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          • #6
            Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

            Yes it is.

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            • #7
              Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

              Was Exchange installed in the domain you're testing or in the root domain of the forest?

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              • #8
                Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

                I believe it is installed in the root domain.

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                • #9
                  Re: Disaster Recovery of Exchange 2003 in Active Directory

                  That's probably the problem. I have never tested what you're testing so I'm trying to come up with helpful ideas for you. How about this:

                  The Exchange server should start, albeit without Exchange services, so go into ESM, locate the server, right click it and select properties from the context menu, select the Directory Access tab, and change it from automatically discovering All Domain Controllers to use the DC\GC in your DR site for the Configuration Domain Controller, the Domain Controllers, and the Global Catalog Servers settings and see if that works.
                  Last edited by joeqwerty; 30th September 2009, 22:13.

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