Disaster Recovery setup for Exchange 2000

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Are there any hazards or things to look out for when creating a separate forest for the purpose of restoring mailbox/public folders for Exchange 2000? Will it cause any problems if both the production forest and the restore forest lives in the same network? I'm ready to create our restore environment and need to check for known issues before I create a new forest on our network. Thank you.

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This will lead to Naming conflicts (netbios) so i would recomend to keep seperate the pst what you need to production.

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  • Petroleumman
    If it's strictly disaster recovery that your after, the easiest solution is to first, be sure that you are backing up all public and mailbox stores from your production server on a daily basis. Next, build your recovery server off line and configure it exactly as you did the production server. You will want to use the same computer name and IP config as the production box to avoid DNS conflict when you bring the server on line. Remember, public MX records can take up to 24 hours to propogate should you need to change them, so keeping everything consistant is important. Now in the event the production server goes down you can simply swap the two servers on your network and restore your mailbox and public stores from tape. If your stores are not to big, you could be up and running in no time! Good Luck!
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  • Dcheng
    Thanks for the suggestions. But what do you do when you need to recover a single mailbox? That's the scenario that I'm trying to resolve. Our current disaster recovery plan does have daily backups and backup hardware preped for replacement but no effective solution for single mailbox or public folder restoration until we can get the restore Forest up.
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  • Petroleumman
    Here is a pretty detailed Technote from Microsoft that outlines several restore options for recovering a mailbox using Exchange 2000. Hopefully one of the options will fit your needs. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;813337 Good Luck!
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  • Dcheng
    Thanks, I did read that article and that's where the question stems from. I need to know if someone on this list created a separate forest on the same network as their production forest for the purpose of single mailbox recovery and if they did, are there any gotcha's to lookout for. Will our users see the new (domain)forest in the domain list next time they log in? Thanks again.
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