I was recently tasked with a project that included migrating an Exchange Server 2010 environment to an Exchange Server 2013 one, fast forward everything was migrated to a single server the second server was setup and configured properly as well and it was time to add the copies of the mailbox databases.
The customer had a requirement to have circular logging enabled, but before adding a mailbox database copy circular logging must be disabled.
While attempting to add one of the databases I got the following error:
The seeding operation failed. Error: An error occurred while performing the seed operation. Error: Failed to notify source server ‘ExchangeServer FQDN’ about the local truncation point. Hresult: 0xc8000713. Error: Unable to find the file. [Database: DATABASE, Server: ExchangeServer FQDN]
And the status of the database copy is failed and suspended
I tried adding another database thinking that this might be related to this single database and the results were the same. I did a quick research on the subject and most of the responses were that you should:
- Dismount the database.
- Run eseutil with the /mh parameters (more info here).
I had a lot of databases and dismounting the databases to run the utility was merely impossible even on a weekend, on the other hand as I was continuing my research I found a thread on Technet which mentions a long side to running the eseutil “moving the logs” to another directory so that they will get recreated and here it hit me!
What if I re-enable circular logging then try to update the database! Because since circular logging was enabled I am already missing on a lot of the transactions that were initially written on the database!
- I tried first hitting the update option but sadly I got the same error
- I tried hitting resume option which resulted again in the failed and suspended status then hit the update option again.
- AND IT WORKED :-D
I was glad that I did not have to go through the eseutil havoc as it would have bumped the project at least 1 week (going through all databases that is), I hope this helps!