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Restoring an NTBACKUP file from one Exchange server to another

I have two different Exchange servers geographically separated; each is a distinct domain controller and both replicate over Active Directory. How can I restore an NTBACKUP file from one Exchange server to the other?

Presently I just get errors such as: "Failed to find a database to restore to from the Microsoft Active Directory. Storage Group specified on the backup media is d89beb65-c7f2-4ad3-8917-980d20c57102." This leads me to believe that, as designed, the backup may only work when restored to the same system. Is that correct?

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I can't tell from your question what version of Exchange Server you're running. I'm assuming you have Exchange Server 2003, in which case I strongly recommend you consider using recovery storage groups (RSGs) to perform your NTBACKUP recovery.

Exchange Server recovery storage groups are described in detail in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 824126: How to use recovery storage groups in Exchange Server 2003.

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  • Tip: Sample batch file script to run NTBACKUP on Exchange
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  • Learning Center: The Exchange Server Backup and Recovery Toolbox
  • Reference Center: Exchange Server backup and recovery resources
  • This was first published in March 2007

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