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    Dead server - Convert to VHD

    Hi,

    I came in this morning and my Dell 1850 raid has died a death, 5 years old and I need to get it back up and runnign ASAP as its the exchaneg server.

    It was just running a couple of mirror drives, the data is still on the drive and seems okay... I put it into another server and the data is there.

    Can disk2vhd take the disk and create a VHD from it? I reckon I will need to repair it anyway. Its currently doing it but there is another 90 minutes left to do.

    If this fails what other way can I use, there are so many acronis products out there I am not sure which one to use.

    Any help would be apppreciated as I am nearly at the stage when i am lookign for a postmans outfit and a belltower.

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    I do not envy your day.
    Probably not much help but can you throw together a basic exchange setup and attach the mdb from the dead(ish) disk? Horrible situation and I wish you luck!

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    If they were mirrored then you could attach one of the disks to your PC and use Citrix Xen Convert to make it into a VHD file - you could then copy that VHD (one for safe keeping) and try and boot the OS in something like Virtual Box.

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    Got a VHD with the partitions on it, it won't boot as it blue screens so I am trying a repair install... fingers crossed

    Got one VHD repairing using Hyper-V and another in Sunbox.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WORK as I really don't want to have to rebuild it.

    Just thankful that I got a big Hyper-V server earlier this year with the capacity to run exchange.

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    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73 View Post
    Got a VHD with the partitions on it, it won't boot as it blue screens so I am trying a repair install... fingers crossed

    Got one VHD repairing using Hyper-V and another in Sunbox.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WORK as I really don't want to have to rebuild it.

    Just thankful that I got a big Hyper-V server earlier this year with the capacity to run exchange.
    I feel your pain mate, I've setup Hyper-V as well with a mind to use it in the future for exchange but the best solution in this case normally is to re-install exchange and attach the db. Its not as much effort as you would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I feel your pain mate, I've setup Hyper-V as well with a mind to use it in the future for exchange but the best solution in this case normally is to re-install exchange and attach the db. Its not as much effort as you would think.
    The only problem is I tweaked the OWA alot, have a certificate that I am not sure I kept the private key for and GFI which is configured just how I liked it.

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    It must be that kind of day. I came in this morning to a dead Hyper-V host, also housing my Exchange server as a vm. I've already had to re-bbuild the whole domain (earlier in the summer) at least I don't have that to do again. But will have to reinstall Exchange - that's when I get the machine back up and running.

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    How smug am I Its up and running, well at least the exchange is, just waiting to see if the mail starts coming through.

    Disk2vhd worked... I can enjoy my girlfriends birthday now.

    I knew it would be a bad day when I searched the house for my keys for 20 minutes before realising they were in my pocket all along

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