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How to Restore the MSExchangeSRS Service Database

 

Topic Last Modified: 2006-01-31

This topic explains how to restore the Site Replication Service (SRS) database.

  1. Open Exchange System Manager. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, and then click System Manager.

  2. In Exchange System Manager, in the console tree, expand Tools, and then expand Site Replication Services to locate the server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service.

  3. Under Site Replication Services, there is at least one entry named Microsoft Exchange Site Replication Service <computer name>, where <computer name> is the name of the server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service.

    Locate the server that is running SRS

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  4. On the server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service, click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.

  5. In Services, in the details pane, double-click Microsoft Exchange Site Replication Service.

  6. Click the General tab in Microsoft Exchange Site Replication Service Properties.

  7. In the Startup Type box,select Automatic.

  8. Stop the MSExchangeSRS service if it is running. On the General tab, click the Stop button to stop the service, and then click Apply.

  9. Do not close Microsoft Exchange Site Replication Service Properties.

  10. Move any files that exist in the srsdata folder on the server running the MSExchangeSRS service to a temporary location. The original MSExchangeSRS service database files cannot be restored if these files are present.

  11. To move the current MSExchangeSRS service files:

    1. On the server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.

    2. Create a temporary folder to hold the files that you want to move.

    3. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.

    4. On the View tab, under Advanced Settings, make sure that the Hide extensions for known file types check box is cleared, and then click OK.

    5. Navigate to the srsdata folder. By default, the location for this folder is <drive>:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\srsdata, where <drive> is the location where you installed Exchange Server.

    6. Select all existing .edb, .log, or .chk files from the srsdata folder and move them to the temporary folder that you created.

      Selecting the MSExchangeSRS service data to move to a temporary folder

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    noteNote:
    Although you can choose to delete the files instead of moving them to a temporary location, it is a good idea to keep them. If this restore process fails, you might be able to use the existing files to restore your MSExchangeSRS service data.
  12. Start the MSExchangeSRS service: In Microsoft Exchange Site Replication Service Properties, under Service status, click Start.

  13. Open Backup in Advanced Mode: Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

  14. Click the Restore and Manage Media tab, and then in the console tree, click the backup media that you want to restore.

    If the correct media does not display under File, you might have to rebuild the catalog. For more information about how to rebuild the catalog, see "Rebuilding a Catalog for a Restore" in Using Backup to Restore Your Data.

  15. Select the <computer name>\Microsoft Site Replication Service\SRS Storage check box, where <computer name> is the name of your Exchange server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service.

    Restoring Exchange SRS data

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  16. In the Restore files to list, select the location to where you want the file to be restored. By default, the location specified is Original Location.

  17. Click Start Restore.

  18. In Restoring Database Store, in the Restore to box, specify the server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service. The MSExchangeSRS databases will be restored to this server.

    importantImportant:
    This server must be the server that is running the MSExchangeSRS service.

    The Restoring Database Store dialog box

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  19. In the Temporary location for log and patch files box, specify a directory to store log files during the restore process.

    importantImportant:
    The directory that you specify in the Temporary location for log and patch files box must not contain the original database or log files or the restore will fail. It is recommended that you create an empty temporary folder for this procedure.
  20. Select the Last Restore Set check box only if this is the last backup set that you have to restore.

  21. If you want to restore a backup that is part of a series of normal, differential, or incremental backups, leave this check box cleared until you restore the final incremental or differential backup in the series.

    noteNote:
    The Mount Database After Restore check box does not affect your MSExchangeSRS service database restore. That control is applicable only to mailbox and public folder store restoration procedures.
  22. If Backup prompts you for the location of the backup file to use in the restore, select the correct backup name, and then click OK.

  23. After the restore is completed, the Restore Progress dialog box appears. Make sure that the restore was successful. For more information about how to check the success of a restore, see "Checking the Success of a Completed Restore Job" in Using Backup to Restore Your Data.

  24. After you verify that the MSExchangeSRS service database backups are successfully restored, in the Restore Progress dialog box, click Close. You are then prompted to restart your computer to complete the restore. Click Yes to restart.

  25. Perform any additional steps that your disaster recovery process requires, such as installing Exchange service packs.

For more information about restoring Exchange Server 2003, see Restoring Exchange Server 2003.

 
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