Exchange Server Recovery

EdbMails comes to your rescue when you are in need of Exchange Server Recovery. That is, you may encounter a scenario where your Exchange server has completely failed and unable to mount your EDB file or you might have a dead hardware component preventing it from booting, or your system with a corrupt operating system that is unable to start. You need to be prepared against the crashes and data loss situations. You can recover the server even after crashes. Since your Exchange server is integrated with Active Directory, you can easily rebuild the Exchange from Active Directory.

Prerequisites for your Exchange Server Recovery operation:

Step 1: Reset the computer account using the Windows interface

  • Open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • In the console tree, click Computers.
  • In the details pane, right-click the computer, and then click Reset Account.
  • After installing the OS on the new server, give it the same name as that of the lost server.
  • Add the sever to the domain of the lost server.
  • Install all the prerequisites for Exchange Server 2016.
  • Start the command prompt after login on to the Exchange Server, and run the following command –

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Setup /m:RecoverServer /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

  • Finally, configure the server as per your requirements and restart.
  • To verify the recovery, check if the Microsoft Exchange Server services are running in the Windows Services tool.

Step 2: Recover a DAG member server

  • Open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • Retrieve any replay lag or truncation lag settings for any mailbox database copies that exist on the server being recovered by using the Get-MailboxDatabase cmdlet:

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Get-MailboxDatabase DB1 | Format-List *lag*

  • Remove any mailbox database copies that exist on the server being recovered by using the Remove-MailboxDatabaseCopy cmdlet:

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Remove-MailboxDatabaseCopy DB1\MBX1

  • Remove the failed server's configuration from the DAG by using the Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer cmdlet:

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity DAG1 -MailboxServer MBX1

  • Reset the server's computer account in Active Directory. For detailed steps, see Reset a Computer Account.
  • Open a Command Prompt window. Using the original Setup media, run the following command:

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Setup /m:RecoverServer

  • When the Setup recovery process is complete, add the recovered server to the DAG by using the Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer cmdlet:

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity DAG1 -MailboxServer MBX1

  • To know the status of the retrieved DAG server, use the following command –

    Command: Copy & Paste it on EMS

    Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus -Server < MyExchangeDatabase >

Step 3: Recover data from Offline EDB files and restore on your Live Exchange server

Now use EdbMails to recover the lost Exchange server mailboxes using an offline EDB file. Also, migrate mailboxes directly to your new Live Exchange server / Office 365 using EdbMails.

Click here for the detailed Steps to export EDB file to PST file

Click here for the detailed Steps to migrate EDB mailboxes to New Exchange Server

Click here for the detailed Steps to migrate EDB mailboxes to Office 365

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