Discussion:
Exchange Database Recovery
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Tim Thomas
2004-05-17 14:43:11 UTC
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Hello,

We are a small business with one Exchange 2003 Server.
The hard disk died on the server the other day and we
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded Windows
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us were
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply backed
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years worth of
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for some
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.

I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy the
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not sure
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried adding it
anyway and then changing the paths to the database files,
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge Base
article but I seem to be missing something. Any ideas?
Susan
2004-05-17 15:07:52 UTC
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when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you will be restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or file backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003 Server.
The hard disk died on the server the other day and we
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded Windows
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us were
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply backed
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years worth of
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for some
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy the
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not sure
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried adding it
anyway and then changing the paths to the database files,
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge Base
article but I seem to be missing something. Any ideas?
Tim Thomas
2004-05-17 15:15:46 UTC
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Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we just
have the actual databases that were in use. Is there
another method that can be used to retrieve data from
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you will be
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or file
backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003 Server.
The hard disk died on the server the other day and we
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us were
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years worth
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not sure
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried adding
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the database
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge Base
article but I seem to be missing something. Any ideas?
.
Susan
2004-05-17 15:21:29 UTC
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have you looked at this article?

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;824126
Post by Tim Thomas
Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we just
have the actual databases that were in use. Is there
another method that can be used to retrieve data from
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you will be
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or file
backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003 Server.
The hard disk died on the server the other day and we
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us were
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years worth
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not sure
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried adding
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the database
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge Base
article but I seem to be missing something. Any ideas?
.
Tim Thomas
2004-05-17 15:36:56 UTC
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Yes, that was the article I was using, but I'm unsure
about some things. For example, it says that a
prerequisite is that "The logical information in Active
Directory about the storage group and its mailboxes is
intact and unchanged". I'm not sure if that applies to
me or not. I know that the databases are intact, but the
only info currently in Active Directory is about the new
version of our Exchange database, not the one I'm trying
to restore. I don't believe the section on modifying AD
attributes applies to me, as far as I can tell. The
Recovery SG Override section doesn't seem to apply to me
either. I'm wondering if this can be done! Any other
thoughts? Thank you for your time.
-----Original Message-----
have you looked at this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-
us;824126
Post by Tim Thomas
Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we just
have the actual databases that were in use. Is there
another method that can be used to retrieve data from
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you will
be
Post by Tim Thomas
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or
file
Post by Tim Thomas
backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003
Server.
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
The hard disk died on the server the other day and
we
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us
were
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years
worth
Post by Tim Thomas
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not
sure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried
adding
Post by Tim Thomas
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the database
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge
Base
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
article but I seem to be missing something. Any
ideas?
Post by Tim Thomas
.
.
Susan
2004-05-17 15:45:23 UTC
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if you can't get this working on your production server, you can attempt
building a "recovery" server and/or you could look into Powercontrols from
ONTrack...when you resintalled Exchange, is everything exactly as it was
before? Org name, administrative group names? database names?
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, that was the article I was using, but I'm unsure
about some things. For example, it says that a
prerequisite is that "The logical information in Active
Directory about the storage group and its mailboxes is
intact and unchanged". I'm not sure if that applies to
me or not. I know that the databases are intact, but the
only info currently in Active Directory is about the new
version of our Exchange database, not the one I'm trying
to restore. I don't believe the section on modifying AD
attributes applies to me, as far as I can tell. The
Recovery SG Override section doesn't seem to apply to me
either. I'm wondering if this can be done! Any other
thoughts? Thank you for your time.
-----Original Message-----
have you looked at this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-
us;824126
Post by Tim Thomas
Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we just
have the actual databases that were in use. Is there
another method that can be used to retrieve data from
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you will
be
Post by Tim Thomas
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or
file
Post by Tim Thomas
backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003
Server.
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
The hard disk died on the server the other day and
we
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us
were
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years
worth
Post by Tim Thomas
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not
sure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried
adding
Post by Tim Thomas
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the database
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge
Base
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
article but I seem to be missing something. Any
ideas?
Post by Tim Thomas
.
.
Tim Thomas
2004-05-17 15:54:24 UTC
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Yes, I kept everything the same so it would be easy to
recover. We don't have a spare machine to use for a
server. I'm unfamiliar with Powercontrols, is it
expensive?

I take it from this discussion that there isn't a simple,
straightforward Windows-based way to import the data back
in?

Thanks.
-----Original Message-----
if you can't get this working on your production server,
you can attempt
building a "recovery" server and/or you could look into
Powercontrols from
ONTrack...when you resintalled Exchange, is everything
exactly as it was
before? Org name, administrative group names? database
names?
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, that was the article I was using, but I'm unsure
about some things. For example, it says that a
prerequisite is that "The logical information in Active
Directory about the storage group and its mailboxes is
intact and unchanged". I'm not sure if that applies to
me or not. I know that the databases are intact, but
the
Post by Tim Thomas
only info currently in Active Directory is about the
new
Post by Tim Thomas
version of our Exchange database, not the one I'm
trying
Post by Tim Thomas
to restore. I don't believe the section on modifying
AD
Post by Tim Thomas
attributes applies to me, as far as I can tell. The
Recovery SG Override section doesn't seem to apply to
me
Post by Tim Thomas
either. I'm wondering if this can be done! Any other
thoughts? Thank you for your time.
-----Original Message-----
have you looked at this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-
us;824126
Post by Tim Thomas
Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we
just
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
have the actual databases that were in use. Is
there
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
another method that can be used to retrieve data
from
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you
will
Post by Tim Thomas
be
Post by Tim Thomas
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or
file
Post by Tim Thomas
backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003
Server.
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
The hard disk died on the server the other day
and
Post by Tim Thomas
we
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of
us
Post by Tim Thomas
were
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly
restored
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange. However, one user with several years
worth
Post by Tim Thomas
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on
for
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and
copy
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk.
I
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not
sure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
how to get the old database into the group.
When I
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried
adding
Post by Tim Thomas
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the
database
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge
Base
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
article but I seem to be missing something. Any
ideas?
Post by Tim Thomas
.
.
.
Susan
2004-05-17 16:17:15 UTC
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the article I referenced indicated that it should not be a huge
problem...but I've never tried restoring to an RSG from an offline backup.
I've only done it with online backups, and it works great...
PowerControls is not inexpensive, but depending on how important it is to
get this mail back, it might be considered a bargain...
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, I kept everything the same so it would be easy to
recover. We don't have a spare machine to use for a
server. I'm unfamiliar with Powercontrols, is it
expensive?
I take it from this discussion that there isn't a simple,
straightforward Windows-based way to import the data back
in?
Thanks.
-----Original Message-----
if you can't get this working on your production server,
you can attempt
building a "recovery" server and/or you could look into
Powercontrols from
ONTrack...when you resintalled Exchange, is everything
exactly as it was
before? Org name, administrative group names? database
names?
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, that was the article I was using, but I'm unsure
about some things. For example, it says that a
prerequisite is that "The logical information in Active
Directory about the storage group and its mailboxes is
intact and unchanged". I'm not sure if that applies to
me or not. I know that the databases are intact, but
the
Post by Tim Thomas
only info currently in Active Directory is about the
new
Post by Tim Thomas
version of our Exchange database, not the one I'm
trying
Post by Tim Thomas
to restore. I don't believe the section on modifying
AD
Post by Tim Thomas
attributes applies to me, as far as I can tell. The
Recovery SG Override section doesn't seem to apply to
me
Post by Tim Thomas
either. I'm wondering if this can be done! Any other
thoughts? Thank you for your time.
-----Original Message-----
have you looked at this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-
us;824126
Post by Tim Thomas
Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we
just
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
have the actual databases that were in use. Is
there
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
another method that can be used to retrieve data
from
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you
will
Post by Tim Thomas
be
Post by Tim Thomas
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a tape or
file
Post by Tim Thomas
backup to use?
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003
Server.
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
The hard disk died on the server the other day
and
Post by Tim Thomas
we
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of
us
Post by Tim Thomas
were
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly
restored
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange. However, one user with several years
worth
Post by Tim Thomas
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on
for
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and
copy
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk.
I
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not
sure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
how to get the old database into the group.
When I
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried
adding
Post by Tim Thomas
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the
database
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge
Base
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
article but I seem to be missing something. Any
ideas?
Post by Tim Thomas
.
.
.
Tim Thomas
2004-05-17 17:24:07 UTC
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We probably won't be able to purchase the software ...
it's not crucial enough that the company would be willing
to spend a lot. Thank you very much for your comments
and help. I think my only solution at this point will be
finding someone who knows how to do an "offline"
restore. My guess is that it involves some AD editing.
If you have any ideas on this I'd be greatly appreciative!

Thanks again.
-----Original Message-----
the article I referenced indicated that it should not be
a huge
problem...but I've never tried restoring to an RSG from
an offline backup.
I've only done it with online backups, and it works
great...
PowerControls is not inexpensive, but depending on how
important it is to
get this mail back, it might be considered a bargain...
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, I kept everything the same so it would be easy to
recover. We don't have a spare machine to use for a
server. I'm unfamiliar with Powercontrols, is it
expensive?
I take it from this discussion that there isn't a
simple,
Post by Tim Thomas
straightforward Windows-based way to import the data
back
Post by Tim Thomas
in?
Thanks.
-----Original Message-----
if you can't get this working on your production
server,
Post by Tim Thomas
you can attempt
building a "recovery" server and/or you could look
into
Post by Tim Thomas
Powercontrols from
ONTrack...when you resintalled Exchange, is everything
exactly as it was
before? Org name, administrative group names?
database
Post by Tim Thomas
names?
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, that was the article I was using, but I'm
unsure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
about some things. For example, it says that a
prerequisite is that "The logical information in
Active
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Directory about the storage group and its mailboxes
is
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
intact and unchanged". I'm not sure if that
applies to
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
me or not. I know that the databases are intact,
but
Post by Tim Thomas
the
Post by Tim Thomas
only info currently in Active Directory is about the
new
Post by Tim Thomas
version of our Exchange database, not the one I'm
trying
Post by Tim Thomas
to restore. I don't believe the section on
modifying
Post by Tim Thomas
AD
Post by Tim Thomas
attributes applies to me, as far as I can tell. The
Recovery SG Override section doesn't seem to apply
to
Post by Tim Thomas
me
Post by Tim Thomas
either. I'm wondering if this can be done! Any
other
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
thoughts? Thank you for your time.
-----Original Message-----
have you looked at this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?
scid=kb;en-
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
us;824126
Post by Tim Thomas
Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we
just
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
have the actual databases that were in use. Is
there
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
another method that can be used to retrieve data
from
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you
will
Post by Tim Thomas
be
Post by Tim Thomas
restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a
tape or
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
file
Post by Tim Thomas
backup to use?
"Tim Thomas"
Post by Tim Thomas
Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003
Server.
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
The hard disk died on the server the other day
and
Post by Tim Thomas
we
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and
reloaded
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Windows
Post by Tim Thomas
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several
of
Post by Tim Thomas
us
Post by Tim Thomas
were
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we
simply
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
backed
Post by Tim Thomas
our email up and reloaded it into the newly
restored
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange. However, one user with several
years
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
worth
Post by Tim Thomas
of
Post by Tim Thomas
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned
on
Post by Tim Thomas
for
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
some
Post by Tim Thomas
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk
and
Post by Tim Thomas
copy
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Exchange database folders to the new hard
disk.
Post by Tim Thomas
I
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm
not
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
sure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
how to get the old database into the group.
When I
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply
shows
Post by Tim Thomas
the
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried
adding
Post by Tim Thomas
it
Post by Tim Thomas
anyway and then changing the paths to the
database
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
files,
Post by Tim Thomas
but it won't allow that. I've read the
Knowledge
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Base
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
article but I seem to be missing something.
Any
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
ideas?
Post by Tim Thomas
.
.
.
.
Susan
2004-05-17 17:32:12 UTC
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Raw Message
did you see this ?

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;296788#4
Post by Tim Thomas
We probably won't be able to purchase the software ...
it's not crucial enough that the company would be willing
to spend a lot. Thank you very much for your comments
and help. I think my only solution at this point will be
finding someone who knows how to do an "offline"
restore. My guess is that it involves some AD editing.
If you have any ideas on this I'd be greatly appreciative!
Thanks again.
-----Original Message-----
the article I referenced indicated that it should not be
a huge
problem...but I've never tried restoring to an RSG from
an offline backup.
I've only done it with online backups, and it works
great...
PowerControls is not inexpensive, but depending on how
important it is to
get this mail back, it might be considered a bargain...
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, I kept everything the same so it would be easy to
recover. We don't have a spare machine to use for a
server. I'm unfamiliar with Powercontrols, is it
expensive?
I take it from this discussion that there isn't a
simple,
Post by Tim Thomas
straightforward Windows-based way to import the data
back
Post by Tim Thomas
in?
Thanks.
-----Original Message-----
if you can't get this working on your production
server,
Post by Tim Thomas
you can attempt
building a "recovery" server and/or you could look
into
Post by Tim Thomas
Powercontrols from
ONTrack...when you resintalled Exchange, is everything
exactly as it was
before? Org name, administrative group names?
database
Post by Tim Thomas
names?
Post by Tim Thomas
Yes, that was the article I was using, but I'm
unsure
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
about some things. For example, it says that a
prerequisite is that "The logical information in
Active
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
Directory about the storage group and its mailboxes
is
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
intact and unchanged". I'm not sure if that
applies to
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
me or not. I know that the databases are intact,
but
Post by Tim Thomas
the
Post by Tim Thomas
only info currently in Active Directory is about the
new
Post by Tim Thomas
version of our Exchange database, not the one I'm
trying
Post by Tim Thomas
to restore. I don't believe the section on
modifying
Post by Tim Thomas
AD
Post by Tim Thomas
attributes applies to me, as far as I can tell. The
Recovery SG Override section doesn't seem to apply
to
Post by Tim Thomas
me
Post by Tim Thomas
either. I'm wondering if this can be done! Any
other
Post by Tim Thomas
Post by Tim Thomas
thoughts? Thank you for your time.
-----Original Message-----
have you looked at this article?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?
scid=kb;en-
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Unfortunately no, we did not have a backup ... we
just
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have the actual databases that were in use. Is
there
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another method that can be used to retrieve data
from
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them?
-----Original Message-----
when you create an RSG, it is presumed that you
will
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be
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restoring an older
version of the database...do you not have a
tape or
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file
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backup to use?
"Tim Thomas"
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Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003
Server.
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The hard disk died on the server the other day
and
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we
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couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and
reloaded
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Windows
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2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several
of
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us
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were
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using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we
simply
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backed
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our email up and reloaded it into the newly
restored
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Exchange. However, one user with several
years
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worth
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of
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critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned
on
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for
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some
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reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk
and
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copy
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the
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Exchange database folders to the new hard
disk.
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I
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created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm
not
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sure
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how to get the old database into the group.
When I
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choose Add Database to Recover, it simply
shows
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the
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current mailbox store in the list. I've tried
adding
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it
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anyway and then changing the paths to the
database
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files,
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but it won't allow that. I've read the
Knowledge
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Base
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article but I seem to be missing something.
Any
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ideas?
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.
.
.
.
John Pedrick
2012-06-25 10:32:36 UTC
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Lepide Exchange Manager is the exceptional software that can extract and restore only selected items from the available backup without requiring brick level backup. The software offers efficient Exchange disaster recovery which helps the user in recovering Exchange database.
for more details - http://www.exchangedatabaserecovery.co.uk
r***@gmail.com
2013-07-03 01:06:28 UTC
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Please have a look at this third party tool that may help you to fix and restore the damaged/failed Exchange Server: http://www.serversdatarecovery.com/exchange.html

Ricky
t***@gmail.com
2013-08-09 06:23:24 UTC
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A better, faster and easier way to recover Business-crucial mailbox from old database without re-creating recovery storage is to export all mailboxes from old Exchange database to PST files.

Use PCVITA EDB Converter software in this case, when hard disk is crashed, EDB files are old/offline and cannot mount database again. The application extract desired mailboxes from old database and export to PST files, then import PST files into Exchange Server.

Get all Details from Official Website: http://www.pcvita.com/edb-converter.html
j***@gmail.com
2013-08-16 05:09:34 UTC
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Multiple Exchange Corruption Issues – One Solution!

Surveying the current business patterns Exchange server lying mailboxes and public folders are very crucial to business employees.

Only one software can actually understand the need of business users to recover Exchange EDB file and convert Exchange mailboxes to PST.

Why Considered As Best Solution?

** Speedups the EDB file to PST conversion process

** Complete Extraction of Mailboxes & Public Folders into PST

** No Information is Lost – All data is saved originally

** Simple to Operate

Use the free trial version to see the preview of recovered mailbox.

http://www.undeletepcfiles.com/exchange-edb-recovery-tool.html
Free to Try
t***@gmail.com
2013-08-19 11:02:10 UTC
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Hi Guys,

For performing a quick conversion of the data from EDB to PST format, I can suggest you to go in for a utility which does such operations perfectly. Moreover the tool also does an excellent repair of corrupt EDB's from time to time as and when required; and for more details refer to http://www.edbtopstutility.com/
r***@gmail.com
2013-11-09 12:53:16 UTC
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I would recommend Exchange EDB Recovery tool, which helps you to recover deleted or corrupt exchange mailbox file. By using this tool users can easily recovers the exchange server database and then convert EDB file to PST file format without any problems. First you will try a free demo version without charges in our websites.

<a href="http://www.edbtopst-converter.com/exchange-recovery.html">http://www.edbtopst-converter.com/exchange-recovery.html
</a>
Free to Try
r***@gmail.com
2013-11-09 12:55:29 UTC
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Checkout this great utility will surely help you to restore corrupt or inaccessible edb files. This software not only repair, also convert edb file to pst files which you can directly mount with the outlook email client.
Download the free trial version to checkout its features and get results.

<a href="http://www.edbtopst-converter.com/exchange-recovery.html">http://www.edbtopst-converter.com/exchange-recovery.html
</a>
r***@gmail.com
2013-11-09 12:56:47 UTC
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I would recommend Exchange EDB Recovery tool, which helps you to recover deleted or corrupt exchange mailbox file. By using this tool users can easily recovers the exchange server database and then convert EDB file to PST file format without any problems. First you will try a free demo version without charges in our websites.
http://www.edbtopst-converter.com/exchange-recovery.html
Free to Try
Alan Truism
2014-01-14 12:53:53 UTC
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In this situation, what is the recommended way to setup your replacement server? I'm in a similar boat. I reinstalled Exchange 2003 Standard using the /disasterrecovery switch and the system shows an unmountable "first storage group" in the information store. Since I can't mount it, How do i create a working recovery group? Also, If I try to restore directly from backup I cannont mount the information store either.
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Hello,
We are a small business with one Exchange 2003 Server.
The hard disk died on the server the other day and we
couldn't boot. I put in a new disk and reloaded Windows
2003 and Exchange 2003. Thankfully, several of us were
using Outlook 2003 with Cached Mode, so we simply backed
our email up and reloaded it into the newly restored
Exchange. However, one user with several years worth of
critical email didn't have Cached Mode turned on for some
reason, so I'm trying to restore his email.
I was able to connect the damaged hard disk and copy the
Exchange database folders to the new hard disk. I
created a Recovery Storage Group, but now I'm not sure
how to get the old database into the group. When I
choose Add Database to Recover, it simply shows the
current mailbox store in the list. I've tried adding it
anyway and then changing the paths to the database files,
but it won't allow that. I've read the Knowledge Base
article but I seem to be missing something. Any ideas?
w***@gmail.com
2014-01-15 11:25:12 UTC
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You can try RecoveryFix for Exchange Server software smartly & instantly convert Exchange EDB into PST with the entire emails attachments. For more information visit here :- http://www.edbtopstconvert.com/ and download demo version.
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