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Exchange 2010 backup and restore advice

Created: 26 Mar 2013 | 5 comments

 

Hi,
 
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,
 
Mick.
 
 
 
 
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Sush...'s picture

Hello Mick,

   Before restoring the Exchange Databases first you will have to perform the disaster recovery of the server following the technote as given below:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH86323  : Disaster Recovery restore steps for a remote Windows 2008 computer 

Ones the server is restored, even your Exchange application will be restored (all files required for exchange) but your Exchange databases will not be in stable state.

So you need to create another restore job and select only Exchange Databases for the restore.

 

Regards,

-Sush...

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Mick Duffin's picture

Hi Sush,

Thanks for your reply, I'll have a go at performing the restore and let you know how it goes, one thing I have noticed is when I do a full restore of the file system... the exchange database files and log files don't get restored, should they be restored? or do these only get restored as part of the exchange restore?

 

Regards,

Mick.

Sush...'s picture

Hello Mick,

   Exchange database files are globally excluded when you do a file system backu. They get backed up when you backup the Exchange databases using the Exchange agent.

So when you will perform the Exchange restore they will be restored too.

 

Thanks,

-Sush...

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Mick Duffin's picture

OK, Thanks for your reply, 

What I will be doing is restoring the file system, once this job has finished I will run another job to restore the system state, then reboot the server and then restore the exchange databases.

Is this the correct way to do this? it doesn't mention restoring exchange in the link you gave.

 

Regards,

 

Mick.

Sush...'s picture

Hello Mick,

    First restore the C: drive and System state of the server following the technote that is provided in the above post.

Then reboot the server so that it will join the domain after rebooting since now the system state will be restored.

Then after reboot try to restore the Exchange databases in new restore job.

 

Thanks,

-Sush...

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