Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-03-14

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 dial tone recovery feature offers the following:

Exchange 2007 dial tone portability further enhances the dial tone recovery scenario, by allowing a dial tone recovery to take place on any Exchange 2007 mailbox server in the Exchange organization.

How Dial Tone Recovery Works with Dial Tone Portability

The new Exchange dial tone portability feature enhances existing dial tone disaster recovery scenarios for server and site-level disasters by:

  • Streamlining the creation of dial tone mailboxes on alternate servers.

  • Ensuring the users access to the new mailbox, by automatically reconfiguring Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 client profiles.

  • Allowing for the merger of the recovered historical data and the dial tone mailbox data by means of a wizard, or sequence of management shell tasks.

Dial tone portability allows a user's mailbox to be moved without having access to any of the mailbox content. This allows an alternative server to house the mailboxes of users who were previously on a server that is no longer available. With the Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007 Autodiscover service, clients are redirected to the new server when they try to connect, removing the past requirement that the Outlook profile be modified to redirect a user to a new server. Users are then moved to this new server and quickly regain the ability to send and receive e-mail messages. In this event, another alternative would be for a new mailbox database to be created on an existing mailbox server. Users can then be moved to the existing server.

When you create a dial tone database, you lose not only all messages, but also all rules, forms, views, and other mailbox metadata. For more information about the end-user configuration information that is lost when resetting a database, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 282496, XADM: Considerations and Best Practices When Resetting an Exchange Mailbox Database. This information is recovered during the merge process if you merge the dial-tone data into the original database.