Test Machine, Installed Server 2008 X64, installed the backup software I used to backup exchange, catalog the media, extracted the Mailbox database, catalogs, logs into the appropriate locations ( D:\Database and E:\Logs) exactly the same logical partition layout as the original server. (This server is completely separate from the production domain / LAN).
a) Have named this test machine as the original server b) Dcpromo - Installed AD with the same domain name as the production domain
c) Shall I just install Exchange 2007 SP1 now and :
i - Name the Exchange Organization as the original server ii - Create a New Database (First storage group\mailbox databse) (Do Not mount it) iii - "Allow File restore true" (DB properties) iv - Copy the database files (.edb files, log files, and Exchange Search catalog) to the appropriate location.
Q : Is it just the matter of copying and pasting the db's in there original location or can I mount them from a new location too ? Q : DB is in clean shutdown state, would I need log / catalogs ?
Q : How would I get the Active Directory back on this test box ? Can i RESTORE just the active directory onto this new machine ? as When I tried to restore the whole operating system from within windows, it restored fine and when it rebooted, I logged in as the original administrator and it will give me activation error - i have forgotten the exact wording but it was like "windows have discovered some activation problem"
Will look forward to your helpful suggestions