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Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Dial tone recovery feature - Part II

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Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Dial tone recovery feature - Part II

Using the Dial Tone Recovery process

Ok, let's assume that our Mailbox server called srv-wk7-mbx01 has a hardware failure and the recovery process will be longer than expected by the users. Then, let's create a dial tone database on the srv-wk7-mbx02 and move the user for that database to allow them to send and receive new messages.

First of all, let's log in the other Mailbox server (srv-wk7-mbx02) and start the process of creating a new Storage Group. Open the Exchange Management Console, expand Server Configuration, click on Mailbox, click on New Storage Group link located on the Toolbox Actions. Define the Storage Group Name and path, and click New, as shown in Figure 01.



Figure 01: Creating a new storage group to support the users which were located in the failed server

The second step is the creation of the new dial tone mailbox database. Click on the Storage Group recently created, and click on New Mailbox database link located on Toolbox Actions. In the first screen of the New Mailbox Database wizard we will define the database name that will host our users of the failed mailbox server, and also the path for the dial tone database as well, as shown in Figure 02.


Figure 02: Creating a dial tone database on another Mailbox Server

 

Now, let's list all users from the failed database and move them through move-mailbox cmdlet for the dial tone database, as shown in Figure 03. The following cmdlet should be used to move all users from a specific database for the other database:

Get-Mailbox -Database <Mailbox Server Name\Storage Group Name\database name> | Move-Mailbox -ConfigurationOnly -TargetDatabase <Mailbox Server Name\Storage group Name\Dial Tone database name>

By the way, we are moving only the configuration of those affected users to the dial tone database, the old information will be recovered in a near future.



Figure 03: Moving the user configuration from the failed server to new dial tone database located in other mailbox server

We can also validate the screen result after the move-mailbox cmdlet; we can see some information about our procedure, such as MoveType, MoveStage and StatusMessage, as shown in Figure 04.


Figure 04: Results displayed after move-mailbox cmdlet using moveconfiguration parameter

 

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