Trying to be as succinct as possible, I'm in a situation with:
- Windows Server 2008 Standard FE x64 Service Pack 2
- with Exchange Server 2007 (fairly sure together they are branded as "Windows Small Business Server 2008").
A snapshot and VM were created from the server. The original server continued to run, hence new mail in Exchange, new/changed files, and backups continued. Sometime later, the VM image was configured on ESXi 5.1 and the original server eventually shutdown after a final backup.
(Aside, a new license was purchased for the VM server, so it and the original server have different product keys. There are therefore two SBS licenses available.)
I've inherited the need to use the final backup from the original server to merge the email and file differences to the VM server.
I am unfamiliar with the details of Windows Backup ; questions:
Will the VM server's restore recognize the final backup in the set given that the machines have a common heritage?
Will the VM server need to re-index the backup catalog?
The file differences are straightforward to handle. However, Exchange and mail seem challenging.
If I restore Exchange completely, Microsoft documentation suggests I can convert/export from Exchange by using a 32-bit client running Exchange Management Tools, but the details are complex enough that I'm suspicious it's unlikely to work. So,
- Can I extract only Exchange's data files, convert them to PST, and attach them to Outlook and copy the required/missing ("delta") email?
Rather than using the current VM server for the restore, I am considering installing a temporary second VM to handle the restore. I would probably disable the network adapter to avoid name collisions, etc.
- Will a restore of SBS / Exchange work without the network?
This is not my area of expertise, so all comments and recommendations are much appreciated.