After watching my blogcast on Standby Continuous Replication (SCR) in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1), several viewers have written to ask for instructions on how to resume production activity on the original database.
To recap, at the end of the SCR video, the SCR target copy was activated using database portability. On the original Mailbox server (E2K7), the original production database (MBX1) was left dismounted in its original storage group (SG1), and all users from MBX1 were now being serviced by a database called MBX1PORT, in a storage group called SG1PORT1 on a Mailbox server called E2K7DR. Click here for a screen shot illustrating this configuration.
Once user mailboxes have been rehomed to the activated SCR target database on E2K7DR, the final steps involve cleanup work on E2K7, creating a new database on E2K7, and then re-homing all of mailboxes from MBX1PORT on E2K7DR to a new mailbox database on E2K7. To do this, you would:
At this point, you're ready to re-home users. Here you have a couple of options as to how to proceed:
How you restore original production database activity is up to you. It's also up to you if you even need to do this. If your standby server is capable of supporting the users moved to it, and it meets all other requirements necessary to run Exchange in your production environment, you might decided to leave the users there, and use the original server as an SCR target, or re-provision it for something else.
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