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  • reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

    First of all, my exchange knowledge is limited.

    That being said. I have a SBS 2003 R2 server for a very small organization. Exchange began to have problems mounting the database. (I have lost all the original event logs as they have all been overwritten with misc errors along the way. mainly server activesync id 3005). I do have the original database files which are in "dirty shutdown" condition and I was not able to recover them with 2 days of google assistance.

    We are fine with starting over without any of our data (I will just sync the data that still reside in the client offline folders once I get exchange up again). I have deleted the old stores and tried to create new ones, but I cant get exchange to create new edb files. After I created and tried to mount the new stores I get a c1041724 error (internal processing error....)

    Any clues on the process I should use to create a new store would be greatly apprciated. I thought this was simple based on post's like this: http://www.keyongtech.com/4217701-re...ge-2003-on-sbs
    Last edited by billsal436; 7th May 2010, 15:08.

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    Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

    Did you remove the transaction logs as well?
    The most common reason for the databases failing to mount is space. Database exceeded 18gb, not enough space on the drive, failed backups using space from the transaction logs etc.

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    • #3
      Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

      yes, I deleted transaction logs, the database was only 3Gb, and there was over 100gig free on the disc... I tried to reinstall exchange, no luck. In the interest of time, I did a server reinstall.

      Thanks for the reply.

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      • #4
        Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

        Doesn't Exchange need to be reinstalled in this case with the /DisasterRecovery switch?
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        • #5
          Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

          where were you 3 days ago!!?? all that googling and never found that!

          thanks. I guess I have learned something new. I am that much less of an exchange moron.

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          • #6
            Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

            Deleting transaction logs is usually NOT a good idea as it makes it harder to get them back into a clean state and you will likely loose recent email.

            To repair databases use the ESEUTIL /R log or ESEUTIL /P dbname.edb tool.

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            • #7
              Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

              Originally posted by pjhutch View Post
              Deleting transaction logs is usually NOT a good idea as it makes it harder to get them back into a clean state and you will likely loose recent email.

              To repair databases use the ESEUTIL /R log or ESEUTIL /P dbname.edb tool.
              You will note sembee said REMOVE, not delete. Best practice is to move them to a temp folder after having run eseutil, as in my experience it's rare that the DB will mount any other way.
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              • #8
                Re: reinstall/repair exchange on sbs2003 r2

                You can usually just delete everything that is in the MDBDATA folder, and new empty databases will be created. But, as has been pointed out, it is usual to rename the MDBDATA folder to something else, then recreate and new EMPTY one, to save the exiting situation. Reinstalling Exchange is a different kettle of fish and there is a KB article on how to do that together with IIS, if that is what is required.
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