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May232013

Running the Exchange 2010 Eseutil on a Non-exchange Server

So I had kind of a crappy disaster recovery situation this week. My Exchange 2010 server at work kind of blew up on me. And I had to build a new one.

 

Discovered the Recover Server install option. Where a new exchange server can essentially inherit it's dead predecessor’s role and name, and not confuse Active Directory:

Recover an Exchange Server:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876880(v=exchg.141).aspx

 

But when it comes to repairing those pesky Exchange databases, it's really nice to not have the repair work going on your production Exchange Server.

 

Microsoft has this article about to copy the Eseutil to another PC,

How to run Eseutil on a computer without Exchange Server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244525

 

That's nice and all, but anyone notice the lack of Exchange 2010 instructions??? WTH?

 

Well here's how I got around it.

I used the Exchange 2010 install disc (in my case the Exchange 2010 sp1 disc)

 

I copied the entire disc to a folder on a hard drive, and found the Eseutil.exe in the following sub directory: SETUP\SERVERROLES\COMMON

Hope this helps anyone who was stuck like me.

 

 Minor add: If you have to do a hard repair (eseutil /p) I strongly recommend having a lot of RAM. The utility likes to chew up as much as it can, and I don't think it releases it until it's done. I maxed out a Sandy-Bridge i5 with 32 gbs. I hope it's enough.

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