How to backup and Restore Microsoft Exchange 2000 Standard?

Hello Microsoft Exchange gurus!

I am currtently working through the company's disaster recovery plan
and finding that many components of it are fatally flawed. What a
surprise, eh? I'm now to the point where I can't continue, and after
weeks of searching I am unable to find sufficient technical information
to implement a solution.

I am working through the DR scenario I've re-titled as "Full Microsoft
Exchange Restore". In this scenario, for whatever reason, the existing
Microsoft Exchange Server is no longer available. Maybe through a
flood, maybe it was a fire, perhaps a random techie fried it with a cup
of cuoffe and a doughnut. Whatever, all I have is my backup tape.

If it makes any difference, I'm using Veritas Backup Exec. I've got all
of the "C:" partition and the Information Store on the tape. The
operating system is Windows 2000 Server.

One big problem is the Windows 2000 TCP/IP bug which prevents operation
of the system when the NIC is changed. The second big problem is that
the disk subsystem has changed. In fact, as we've just had a disaster,
we've had to buy a brand new box using the insurance money. Assume
everything inside the box has changed!

This means that I cannot simply do a restore of the "C:" partition -
its not going to work on the new box.

I've already restored the LAN Manager Domain Controller, DHCP systems
and Media Server so just assume they are there. I'm just looking to
restore Micrsoft Exchange now.

In order to get Microsoft Exchange back, the only option I have that I
can see is to:

1. Restore Windows 2000 Server using slipstreamed Windows 2000 Server
media
2. Apply the additional Windows 2000 Server Hotfixes
3. Restore Microsoft Exchange 2000 Standard Edition using the original
media
4. Apply the Microsoft Echange 2000 Standard Edition patches

(As a note we're about 2 / 3 hours into the recovery now, which isn't
too bad, but I'd like the whole process to take under 6 hours - if
possible!)

Ok. Now I'm at this point - how do I get Microsoft Exchange back how it
was? The sparse information available on-line seems to indicate that it
is possible to restore the Informaton Store, but what about all the
configuration information? How do I get all my connectors back? SMTP
setup? Policies, etc, etc... Is it even possible? From what I can see,
Microsoft Exchange stores configuration information in 3 different
places - files on the local filesyste, the local system registry and in
the "Active Directory".

It must be noted that it will be "standard engineers" (who knows what
level of skill you get when you grab contractors, eh?!) performing the
DR job, and no knowledge of Microsoft Exchange can be assumed, only
that the person is somewhat "tech savvy" and as such has an
understanding of terminology.

Absolutely any useful, helpful information will be gratefully received!
:)

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did you read this?  it really tells all:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2000/library/MRFME2KS.
mspx

<SystemsConsultant@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1117190793.770669.323170@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...

> Hello Microsoft Exchange gurus!
>
> I am currtently working through the company's disaster recovery plan
> and finding that many components of it are fatally flawed. What a
> surprise, eh? I'm now to the point where I can't continue, and after
> weeks of searching I am unable to find sufficient technical information
> to implement a solution.
>
> I am working through the DR scenario I've re-titled as "Full Microsoft
> Exchange Restore". In this scenario, for whatever reason, the existing
> Microsoft Exchange Server is no longer available. Maybe through a
> flood, maybe it was a fire, perhaps a random techie fried it with a cup
> of cuoffe and a doughnut. Whatever, all I have is my backup tape.
>
> If it makes any difference, I'm using Veritas Backup Exec. I've got all
> of the "C:" partition and the Information Store on the tape. The
> operating system is Windows 2000 Server.
>
> One big problem is the Windows 2000 TCP/IP bug which prevents operation
> of the system when the NIC is changed. The second big problem is that
> the disk subsystem has changed. In fact, as we've just had a disaster,
> we've had to buy a brand new box using the insurance money. Assume
> everything inside the box has changed!
>
> This means that I cannot simply do a restore of the "C:" partition -
> its not going to work on the new box.
>
> I've already restored the LAN Manager Domain Controller, DHCP systems
> and Media Server so just assume they are there. I'm just looking to
> restore Micrsoft Exchange now.
>
> In order to get Microsoft Exchange back, the only option I have that I
> can see is to:
>
> 1. Restore Windows 2000 Server using slipstreamed Windows 2000 Server
> media
> 2. Apply the additional Windows 2000 Server Hotfixes
> 3. Restore Microsoft Exchange 2000 Standard Edition using the original
> media
> 4. Apply the Microsoft Echange 2000 Standard Edition patches
>
> (As a note we're about 2 / 3 hours into the recovery now, which isn't
> too bad, but I'd like the whole process to take under 6 hours - if
> possible!)
>
> Ok. Now I'm at this point - how do I get Microsoft Exchange back how it
> was? The sparse information available on-line seems to indicate that it
> is possible to restore the Informaton Store, but what about all the
> configuration information? How do I get all my connectors back? SMTP
> setup? Policies, etc, etc... Is it even possible? From what I can see,
> Microsoft Exchange stores configuration information in 3 different
> places - files on the local filesyste, the local system registry and in
> the "Active Directory".
>
> It must be noted that it will be "standard engineers" (who knows what
> level of skill you get when you grab contractors, eh?!) performing the
> DR job, and no knowledge of Microsoft Exchange can be assumed, only
> that the person is somewhat "tech savvy" and as such has an
> understanding of terminology.
>
> Absolutely any useful, helpful information will be gratefully received!
> :)
>


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sconkey (3059)
5/27/2005 1:49:00 PM
Thanks for the reply there Susan, but what I am trying to do is verify
and implement an effective Disaster Recovery Plan as outlined in my
original post.

Anyone else?

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5/27/2005 2:34:31 PM
that article will answer all your questions...

<SystemsConsultant@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1117204471.422336.197000@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Thanks for the reply there Susan, but what I am trying to do is verify
> and implement an effective Disaster Recovery Plan as outlined in my
> original post.
>
> Anyone else?
>


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sconkey (3059)
5/27/2005 2:45:47 PM
Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately it doesn't answer all of
questions. That particular article relates only to restoration of
mailboxes - and even then only in one specific scenario.

Granted, there is a link to the more comprehensive documentation given,
but this is still simplistic and idealised:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2000/library/disrec00.mspx

My question relates to the specific scenario as described in my
original post. For example, what does one do if a "System State"
restore cannot be used due to differing hardware? What if during the
fire / flood / whatever you no longer have the original media? Yes, you
can go out and buy it, but given that we're in a critical situation
here we want to minimise time to live. Unfortunately, in a disaster one
rarely has the ideal scenarios as given in marketing literature...

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5/27/2005 3:26:35 PM
SystemsConsultant@gmail.com wrote:
> Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately it doesn't answer all of
> questions. That particular article relates only to restoration of
> mailboxes - and even then only in one specific scenario.
> 
> Granted, there is a link to the more comprehensive documentation given,
> but this is still simplistic and idealised:
> 
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2000/library/disrec00.mspx
> 
> My question relates to the specific scenario as described in my
> original post. For example, what does one do if a "System State"
> restore cannot be used due to differing hardware? What if during the
> fire / flood / whatever you no longer have the original media? Yes, you
> can go out and buy it, but given that we're in a critical situation
> here we want to minimise time to live. Unfortunately, in a disaster one
> rarely has the ideal scenarios as given in marketing literature...
> 
Just a quick chime in....

Given that MS can't have a whitepaper to describe every given scenario 
you basically have to write your own, using the MS docs as a guide. 
http://www.msexchange.org has something on restoring to different 
hardware if I recall correctly. But what you may need to do is develop a 
test lab to develop a DR plan for yourself. With that you can test and 
play and figure out what needs to be done, and what doesn't. It will 
take time and a lot of effort, but obviously will be well spent if you 
do need to put that DR plan into effect.

Jason
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jason.meyer (105)
5/27/2005 4:21:06 PM
Hello Jason and thanks for the input.

Whilst I agree that Microsoft won't, and nor do I expect them to, have
a whitepaper for every given scenario, what I am doing isn't exactly
"off-the-wall". A lot of people must have already been through this
pain already! The whole role mastery thing in the AD was fun as well!

I am indeed writing my own whitepaper, and have been hitting my lab
hard over the past few weeks. Poor machines - I don't think I've seen
so many BSOD's in such a short period of time. Thats how I came across
the TCP/IP bug in W2k. I'm looking at doing my own registry merge
script, but its a real nightmare in there.

I have been through quite a few of the articles on msexchange.org - its
a great site. I didn't see the one on restoring to different hardware
though. Thanks for the heads up on that one - I'll see if I can locate
it. I sure did see a lot of people in the newsgroups having the same
problems though, but these people mostly seemed to be in the
unfortunate situation of having a real disaster, not a simulated one.

As an example, this is the sort of fun people are having:

http://www.ssw.com.au/ssw/Standards/DeveloperInstallationNetworkSetup/RestoringActiveDirectoryAndExchange_Windows2000Impossible.aspx

So its happening all over the world, probably fairly frequently...

Real-world "user experiences" like this I'd also find really useful!

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5/27/2005 4:56:10 PM
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