You don’t need to use a second server for data recovery.
Exchange 2003 has a feature called the Recovery Storage Group which you can recover data to without affecting the live server.
Indeed you don’t need a second server , but the question remains, what happens if you do want to do this. There are a couple of reasons I’d like to do it, mostly to do with checking the backup is successful. So I’d like to be able to mount the backup on another machine, extract someones pst and to be sure run eseutil /k (and /g) to check the backup store.
Both of these options mean using CPU cycles on the exchange store machine and take a long time to run. If I can do it on a machine with plenty of CPU cycles to spare I can avoid inconveniencing my users.
When I’ve tried to do this on the none-live (but showing up in systems manager as a machine in the same admin group) when I right click on recovery storage group/add database to recover it can’t find the database from the live machine. Hence I can’t restore my backup to this other machine.
So is there a way to do it (without using a recovery machine in a dummy forest) ?