Exchange 2010 backup and restore advice
Created: 26 Mar 2013 | 5 comments
We have AD 2008 and an exchange 2010 server ( running on server 2008 )
We perform a full backup of both servers at the weekend and Monday - Thursday perform incremental backups, all backups are performed with agents for AD and exchange.
What im looking to do is to test our DR plan by fully restoring both servers back to full operation.
I've setup a test lab on our virtual server.
I've restored the DC and this looks like its working fine.
I've tried a couple of ways to restore the Exchange server, but have so far come up blank,
First of all I did a full restore of the filesystems ( inc system state ) rebooted but when I went back to backup exec to restore the exchange databases they didn't show up as options, so i couldn't go any further.
Next I tried the method of installing a base server 2008 install, naming the server the same as the existing exchange server with the same ip address, I installed all the prereq's for installing exchange using the recoverserver switch. this seemed to run OK, but one it had finished and was rebooted, alot of the services were not created and exchange wouldn't run. Also using this method I will need to reinstall BES and GFI mailessentials which I really dont want to do...
So what I'm looking for is ideally a walkthrough guide how to restore both AD and Exchange or someone who has done this successfully and has some tips on what I'm doing wrong.
Thanks in advance,