Restoring Exchange Server 2003


After you choose the restoration strategy that best suits your needs, you can use the information in this section to perform the appropriate tasks by using the backup utility (Backup) in Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003. The recovery procedures you perform depend on the following three factors:

  • The type of disaster or failure that occurs.

  • The types of backups that you have available.

  • The time that you can spend performing the recovery.


    For some problems that occur, you do not have to restore any backups. For example, you can resolve some problems by repairing your Windows Server 2003 operating system or Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 installations.

The following topics provide descriptions and procedures for various recovery processes using Backup:

Several additional restore methods might suit your needs, too. These methods include using Automated System Recovery (ASR), restoring from a shadow copy, and restoring from a drive image. For more information about these methods, see "Disaster Recovery" in the Windows Server 2003 online Help.

If you decide to use third-party software to restore your Exchange data, use these topics for general restoration practices, but see your backup software's documentation for specific procedures.