Exchange 2003 test server

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I am trying to build an Exchange 2003 test server in a lab environ. The live server is a Windows 2003 SP1 domain controller and global catalog unfortunately! I inherited this scenario. Anyway, i am installing a new DC onto the existing domain and making it a global catalog. I then am moving it to the test network. removiung the "real" Ex 2003 server from its AD and DNS. I then install Ex 2003 using the "disaster recovery" switch. All goes well until i rename the server to be the same as the live server. The reason i have to do this is i want to run a restore from a backup of the live server to the test server. The server names should be the same should they not? The server wont boot whenever i rename it. Any help would be very appreciated!
ASKED: October 2, 2006  12:34 PM
UPDATED: October 11, 2006  4:18 AM

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Once exchange is on the server, you cannot rename the server.
I am not sure about the “won’t boot” part, but for sure the exchange services won’t start if you do this.

build the server first, get it all ready, then install exchange.

No need for disaster recovery switches…just make sure the AD is the same, and then copy the DB’s in and load them up. As long as the AD is the same, exchange will match the accounts to the mailboxes and proceed upon its’ way as you want it to.

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  • JimTrouble
    Thanks again for your reply JMWeber. The problem i have is that i have an exchange 5.5 server setup in the test lab also. In the live enviroment the 5.5 (serverA) and 2003 (ServerB) servers are in the same exchange organisation. Trying to replicate this in the test environment has proved difficult as i will need the same server names on both exchange servers in order for the restoration process to work. I have manged to get the 5.5 server setup correctly with help from yourself but now im having probs with the 2003 server. If i build a test 2003 server named testserver, for example, in the live environment as a dc and global catalog, move it to the test environ, rename it to serverB (i would have to remove existing references to serverB in AD at this point otherwise i will get an error stating that this account already exists), then install Ex 2003 without running dom or forest prep. Then after this, restore the live servers DB's onto the test server. Are these the steps i should follow?
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  • Jmweber
    Do you have AD in the test environment already?
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  • JimTrouble
    My test lab consists of: 1. 1 PC setup as a Win 2003, AD DC, Global Catalog. This has successfully replicated with the live AD domain. I then removed it from the live system and placed it in the test network. 2. An Exchange 5.5 server which is also a PDC for our old NT domain which we are moving away from. This again has successfully replicated and all Exchange services etc work ok. This was created to mimic the live Exchange organisation where we have 1 Ex 5.5 and 1 Ex 2003 server. 3. A Win 2003 member server created in the test environ and given the same name as the live exchange server. Prior to adding this to the domain (in the test net) i removed the existing references to it from AD on the test DC. When i now try to install Exchange 2003 on this test server i am getting the error: "Setup encountered an error while checking prerequisites for the component 'Microsoft Exchange' 65487. An unknown error has occurred" I have scoured the web and numerous books i have on the subject but there are absolutely no references on how to install Exchange 2003 into a test environment to coexist with 5.5 and then restore data from the live server to the test server. Any help or ideas would be appreciated. Jmweber, again, thanks for your help!
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  • Jmweber
    OK....sounds like your domain in the test env is OK. Member server - fine. Does the 5.5 and the e2k3 belong to the same org? Be that as it may....does the AD/member server meet all the requirements for Exchange 2003? 2k3sp1 (not really, but I always do given a choice) all updates and patches (again, but I always do) IIS (installed from programs|administrative tools|manage my server) ASP NNTP SMTP Admin tools and support tools (i386 - and installed AFTER 2k3sp1 - and support tools must come from SP1) ** you do know that the sp1 and sp0 support tools are different and non-compatible right?** User doing install must be domain admin, enterprise admin, schema admin. If you have all this already, you may wish to consider nuking the install of the member server and starting over. It will probably save you many hours. -john
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  • JimTrouble
    I have all of the prerequisites for Exchange installed. I think i have narrowed it down to the fact that exchange 5.5 was installed under the ex service account for the old domain and the ex 2003 was installed using the domain admin account (as full ex admin). When i go into the properties of the org, site and configuration on the test 5.5 server i can see "uccount unknown" showing under the permissions. I have checked against the live server and these accounts belong to the new domain. I went then and broke and recreated the trust between the 2 domains on the test network but am still having the same issue. I validated the trusts and they seem to be ok, i can map drives between the domains etc... What this means for exchange is that i am receiving LDAP -49 error messages when trying to connect to the 5.5 using the ADC, as the old domain (of which the 5.5 server is a part of) doesnt recognise the accounts in the new domain. Its all a bit messy im afraid! Im going to keep working at it and hopefully will get to the bottom of this before too long!! Thanks John!
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  • Jmweber
    Jim, You may wish to google/mskb search for the proper LDAP port settings on the 5.5 box. Are you seeing any of this? http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q224447 Sounds like it should be working. 2 separate domains, trust works, but exchange 2003 does not like it. DCDIAG and NetDiag report no errors? -John
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  • Maclanachu
    If your goal is to have a copy of ur mail DB running on another server for testing, playing around with then u do not need to rename the server. I've done this myself when having to restore old deleted mails (after giving out stink to the ab-user. Wait months to ask for a resotre, not straight away when u knew u deleted an important mail and it would be much easier to retrieve, oh no...!). Restored the DB onto another server and then extracted a mail. Your test server will have to remain on the domain. It's been a while but I think it was as simple as bulding a basic ex server copying the priv and pub edbs and then mounting them. Good luck.
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  • JimTrouble
    Thanks for the replies all, basiaclly everything looks like it should work, the test DC holds all FSMO roles and DCDIAG and NETDIAG report no errors. The only visible sign of a prob at the moment is that in Ex 5.5 administator where is shows accounts in the new domain as "Newdomainunknown" on the permissions of the site, org and config container. This is thus creating the knock on affect that the new ex 2003 server cannot "join" the existing 5.5 test server in the same organisation (this is the way it is setup in the live network). I have run ldp.exe and cannot authenticate using the new domains domain admin credentials even tho the trust seems to work in every other way?? I reckon if i can get this ldap prob sorted then everything else "should" be straight forward. I have tried diff ldap ports on both ex servers (390) and this didnt work either?
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  • Jmweber
    Does the 5.5 org think that the server already exists?
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  • JimTrouble
    It did originally as when i restored the 5.5 server the 2003 server was listed in the Exchange Admin program. I have since then removed the server by deleting it fromn Exchange Admin....
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