My company is a small non-profit which relies heavily on
email and my fear is that of losing our Microsoft Exchange 2003 email
server. Therefore, my goal is to have
the necessary hardware in place along with procedures that would enable rapid
recovery if our mail server goes belly up.
Now I’ve read about the Recovery Storage Group (RSG) and
that was a great feature for 2003. However, I’m looking for the ability to
restore my mail functionality on a different server, again, assuming the first
one has failed. Now assuming that the
hardware doesn’t match (which would allow for simple disk drive swapping),
what’s the best and fastest method to accomplish this?
I did go through the effort of creating another server in
the same domain and organization unit. I
was able to restore an NTBACKUP produced tape successfully to my RSG. However, I couldn’t mount it because it said
a hard recovery was necessary. After
running the eseutil utility, I saw that the mailbox store was listed as “Dirty
Shutdown” and I’ve been unable to clean it up.
Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.