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    Import Exchange database

    We just created a new Windows Server 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010.

    While configuring Exchange 2010 we cannot get it to accept the path to the old Exchange 2010 databases we have stored on a second HD in the same computer. DB is approx. 1TB in size so it will not fit on the servers main drive.

    We are separating from out parent university and they gave me a complete dump of our schools database from the old exchange server just before it was shutdown and server has been salvaged as it was very old hardware.

    When we tell Exchange where the database is (F:\PCTC\Pierpont_MB_DB4\Pierpont_MB_DB4.ebb) it returns an error that the database already exists.

    We are only trying to setup this server as a way to recall old emails if needed by users in the future as we switched to Google Apps. for Education approx. 12 months ago for ALL email services but some of our users refuse to migrate their emails as we have been asking them to do for the last 12 months.

    If we cannot get this database mounted in this Exchange server, is there another way we can take the database and access the data on it?

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    Import Exchange database

    What exchange version is the old DB from? As long as it is 2010 and your exchange server is 2010 you should be able to create a recovery database and use that file. You may then depending on needs have to create a new database and restore the mailboxes into it to be able to connect them to outlook. I just recovery is required a recovery database and powershell should be fine.

    First place I would start is ensuring the database is in a clean state.

    Open cmd
    Cd to dir which has DB in it and run eseutil /mh dbname ensure it has clean shutdown. Then create recovery database.

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